(via WYDOT)

CASPER, Wyo. — The snowy season has officially begun in the Equality State, as snowfall has been reported at Togwotee Pass in Teton County.

At time of publication, US 26 and US 287 are reported as being slick and hazardous between the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park and Lava Mountain Lodge.

In a recent interview with Oil City News, NWS meteorologist Joshua Rowe said Casper’s lower elevations tend to see their first snow of the season in mid- to late October, while higher elevations on Casper Mountain often see snowfall as early as September.

Rowe advises area residents to begin preparing for the snowy season now rather than waiting and being reactive.

“Being prepared is key. Make sure your car has an emergency kit in case you get stranded,” he said. “Make sure your house is ready for the shift in temperatures. And if you’ve got livestock, make sure they’re ready for the colder temperatures too.”