On Friday, July 30, the first snowfall of the season dusted the upper elevations of Aspen Snowmass ski resorts. It was the first snowfall for the area since mid-May.
Flakes began to fall at about 3:30pm as a powerful convective cell moved through the area. Within an hour, the cell had moved through and cleared, leaving stunning views of the fresh July snowfall. The snow-line appeared to extend all the way down to approximately 11,400 feet.
The snowfall was quite localized due to the short, convective nature of the storm, so only select areas recieved varying amounts of snowfall. According to the Independence Pass weather station at 12,080 feet, approximately a half inch of snow fell. This amount may be greater or less in other areas.
As of the afternoon of July 31, all of the fresh snow has melted away. Only a few more weeks until fall snowstorms begin to drop bigger and bigger totals on the Intermountain West!