August Snow Falls At Top Of Mirror Lake Highway
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — After seeing flooding, heavy rain, wildfires and multiple 100-degree days, the summer of 2021 can check snow off its list.
Utah’s first snow of the year fell in the Beehive State’s higher elevations on Thursday.
Part of the beauty of living in Utah is seeing the seasons change every few months.
It’s why Marc Lorenzen gets out into nature whenever he can.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “I love the winter, I love the summer. I love it all. Spring and fall.”
For as much as he loves nature and seasons, though, he decided to hike a trail near Bald Mountain at the top of Mirror Lake Highway on Thursday because of something we haven’t seen in a while in Utah.
“I saw the weather forecast and I love coming up here, so I had to come see snow in August,” said Lorenzen with a smile.
That’s right, snow.
It’s been awhile since I needed my winter jacket for a story. Bald Mountain at the top of Mirror Lake Highway got some snow! Quite a few people came up for it. @KSL5TV at 5 and 6. pic.twitter.com/LP0GuqfQdX
— Alex Cabrero (@KSL_AlexCabrero) August 19, 2021
Up along Bald Mountain Pass on the border of Summit and Duchesne counties, it snowed on and off throughout the day in little flurries.
The elevation is more than 10,000 feet, so snow isn’t rare for August, but seeing it made lots of people stop to take pictures.
“It snowed pretty good for maybe about 30 minutes,” said Lorenzen. “It was cool to see. Really cool to see. I love the snow.”
There wasn’t enough snow to stick to the roads or anything like that.
It also wasn’t enough to get people thinking about snowpack levels to start filling up our reservoirs, but those KSL TV spoke with said just seeing the season start to change a little bit gets them excited.
Especially after such a long, hot, wildfire and drought-filled summer.
“Yup, I got a little video,” said Lorenzen. “So, I’m going to post that on Facebook tonight for everyone to see.”
He just wishes everyone could experience the change he saw.
August SNOW has arrived at Snowbird! pic.twitter.com/vcXipwPOZD
— Grant Weyman (@KSLweyman) August 19, 2021
Not only was the snow refreshing to see, Lorenzen said seeing it again in nature is a break from the everyday hectic lives many of us live.
“It’s my medicine,” he said after his hike. “And with life and work and, to me, it’s the best medicine. I love coming out here to clean my soul.”
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