Early snow surprises parts of West, South Dakota

Associated Press

Cheyenne, Wyo. — It’s still summer, but snow has blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places.

A snowstorm on Wednesday and Thursday dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming and sent overnight temperatures plummeting into the 20s in some areas.

It is the earliest snowfall on record for parts of Wyoming and southwest South Dakota. Temperatures hovered around freezing in Denver, forcing many gardeners to wrap their plants for protection.

The heavy, wet snow snapped off tree branches and caused some power outages in Buffalo, Wyoming.

Some roads and highways had slick spots Friday morning, but otherwise travel was not hampered.