Labor Day storm leaves downed trees around Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. — Heavy winds Monday night from a storm caused damage to several areas around Jackson. The storm also brought in a 40-degree temperature drop in 3 1/2 hours, heavy rain, lightning, damaging winds, and a rare early September accumulating snowfall for the valley.

Photo: Adri Castillo

A strong cold front arrived from the north on Monday afternoon and a rapid temperature drop followed. The temperature at the Jackson Hole Airport fell from 75 at 3:50 p.m. to 34 at 7:15 p.m. — a 41-degree temperature drop in less than three and a half hours!

Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

According to Lower Valley Energy, power was lost in several areas around Jackson from the heavy wind gusts.

Trees falling on or near power lines had caused power to go out in some areas. Photo: Nick Suzler // Buckrail

Winds were strong throughout the night with 40-50 mph gusts reported at the Jackson Hole Airport. Reports of damage and downed trees throughout the valley suggest that localized gusts were much higher in some areas.

Photo: Adri Castillo

Snow at this time of the year in the Tetons and surrounding mountain ranges is far from uncommon, but early September snow in the Jackson Hole valley is quite rare — especially accumulating snow.

Photo: Courtesy

Unseasonably cold temperatures on Tuesday will give way to a warming trend and a quiet stretch of weather for the foreseeable future after last night’s excitement.

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