Temperature's Turning Chilly

Temperature's Turning Chilly

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Samantha Hayes reportingThere's a change in the air. And while you might not be quite ready to dust off the skis, it's certainly time to get out your winter coat.

It will be cold for the next few days, especially in the evenings. Depending on how you view winter, that's either exciting or it's the moment when you look at the snowblower in disgust.

Until now, it seemed like every day the last two months was a sunny day in the mountains. Today was beautiful too, but the temperature got the attention of a lot of folks.

The food is hot, and so is the fire at the Silver Fork Lodge.

Laurie Wilson/ Customer: "Bundled up against the cold. I was hoping to sit out on the deck, but it's too cold."

At least in the evenings, deck season may be over. The best spot in the house is near the hearth, with hot cocoa. Today, the ski resorts still look bare and the parking lots are empty. But remember last October? Owner Dan Knopp sure does.

Dan Knopp/ Owner: "Last year it was winter. We had feet of snow October 15th!"

And if the snow is right around the corner, well, that's just fine with Allen Fusco.

Allen Fusco/ Ski Enthusiast: "I'll be up there tomorrow, expecting six to 12 inches of snow at 7,000 feet."

Allen: "If there is snow on the ground I will be there."

For a forecast just as accurate as the Farmer's Almanac, ask a regular like Tim Nielson. He's predicting lots of snow.

Tim Nielson/ Regular Customer: "Just a gut feeling."

If his gut feeling turns out to be right, now's the time to check out the fall colors before the snow flies. Dan Knopp/ Owner: "I had my coat on this morning, my winter coat."

Every season in the mountains attracts people from all over. The owner of the Silver Fork Lodge says summer is his busiest time of year.

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