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America's Mountain gets another round of summer snow

Snow fell on some of Colorado's highest peaks on both Sunday and Monday.

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — It might still be summer, but winter briefly arrived atop America's Mountain on Sunday and Monday.

The 14,115-foot Pikes Peak had its first snow of the season on Sunday, and it snowed there again on Monday.

It also snowed atop Berthoud Pass on Monday, and it likely snowed in a few other high-elevation areas above 11,000 feet on both Sunday and Monday.

At 12 p.m. Sunday, the temperature at the mountaintop west of Colorado Springs was 40 degrees. Weather cameras captured the snow and slush at the summit. 

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The first snow of the season in Colorado happened last week near Alma. High mountain peaks of the Mosquito Range had the first dusting of snow.

The average first snow in Colorado usually happens in the second half of August. 

Credit: Tessie Carnes
First dusting of snow for the 2022-23 season spotted on the Mosquito Range from Alma

Last year, the first report was on Aug. 20, 2021, although that snow hit more of an area, covering much of the northern mountains.

These early dustings melt away in just a few hours. The snowpack accumulation for the season usually doesn't start until the first week of October. That is also when the Denver metro area gets its first snow accumulation of the season. 

The average first snow in Denver is Oct. 18. Last year, it didn't come until Dec. 10, 2021, the latest first snow on record for the city.

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