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SALT LAKE CITY -- After a very dry September, Utah residents knew it would come eventually, but many hoped it would be later in the year.
The beautiful fall colors will eventually fade as the bright yellows and reds are covered up by the white snow. And many places around the state have already seen white, as rain and snow dropped throughout the day.
Up Little Cottonwood Canyon, whiteout conditions were observed for more than an hour near Alta.
"I love it. I've been ready for snow since it melted and I'm totally stoked that it's back," said Chelsea Jones. "There's so much of it. I'm ready to go skiing."
Up at Utah Olympic Park, members of the U.S. Freestyle Team practiced their jumps into the pool. Each year, skiers and snowboarders scramble up the mountainside to establish bragging rights about making the first run of the season.
"(The) snow is pretty good," said Tyson Henrie. "(I'm) hitting a couple of rocks, but it's not too bad."
- Prepare an emergency supply kit
- Make a family emergency plan
- Winterize your home
- Be alert to changing weather conditions
- Listen to local officials
The first snow of the season always gets people excited. Residents from around the state sent KSL pictures of their neighborhoods and backyards covered in snow. Around the valley, the plows were making their first runs of the season.
We all knew it was coming, but the first winter blast of the season is always a bit jarring to the senses.
"I'm ready for the snow," said Cody Hughes. "I'm ready to get back out and ready for the resorts to open and ready to suit up again."
But there are those that are not ready to let go of summer, who love a green garden and fresh vegetables. Western Garden Center heard from customers who were worried the cold would damage their crop.
But garden officials said crops should be fine -- except for basil -- as long as temperatures warm as expected and don't drop to freezing levels.