PHOTOS: Snow Blankets Western US in First Widespread Taste of Winter

By By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
November 06, 2015, 12:45:56 AM EST

The first widespread taste of winter fell across the Western states early this week as snow blanketed areas from California to Montana.

In the high elevations, up to 12 inches of snow fell from Monday into Tuesday morning. Up to 8 inches of snow covered Yellowstone National Park, creating a wintry scene.

"After a warm October, a change in the weather pattern brought some colder and stormier weather to the Great Basin with the first widespread mountain snow event," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker said.

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At least one injury was reported amid numerous accidents and cars sliding off roadways in Eureka County, Nevada, on Monday and Tuesday, according to local law enforcement.

"The mountains from northern Nevada into western Montana have seen some of the heaviest snow so far with this storm," Walker said.

The Big Sky Resort in southeastern Montana received 20 inches of snow, as of Wednesday afternoon; the ski resort is set to open on Nov. 26. Both Carrot Basin and Tepee Creek in Montana had picked up 16 inches of snow, as of Wednesday evening.

As of Wednesday evening, 8.8 inches of snow was recorded in Flagstaff, Arizona, at the Pulliam Airport; the total broke the Nov. 4 daily record of 5 inches.

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Up to 8 inches of snow fell on Monday night at Yellowstone National Park. (Twitter Photo/@YellowstoneNPS)

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