The old saying about what a difference a day makes is certainly applicable in reference to Park County weather.

Labor Day was warm and muggy, briefly touching 90 degrees, with low visibility and extremely poor air quality due to wildfire smoke emanating from multiple locations accross the state.

But by mid-afternoon Tuesday, a blanket of snow covered the ground with an additional 5-10 inches expected overnight and into Wednesday morning.

The temperature at 4 p.m. Tuesday was 28 degrees and falling, roughly 62 degrees cooler than it had been at about that same time Monday.

That temperature variance of about 60 degrees over a 24-hour period had local residents chatting about just how dramatically weather patterns had shifted.

What they were not talking about, however, was the thick layer of smoke that had been lingering in the area since about Aug. 30. It was gone without a trace Wednesday morning, courtesy of strong winds and the addition of several inches of new snow overnight Tuesday.

The expected high for Wednesday in Bailey was 37 degrees.

Fittingly, the forecast called for high temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s again by Monday, Sept. 14.

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