Star Valley escaped the extreme cold that was observed overnight in many areas of the Mountain West, thanks to a thin blanket of low clouds and moisture. While much of the valley was below zero, the coldest observed so far near Smoot, with -13, it was considerably colder in other areas.
Following is a map of minimum temperatures around the Star Valley area as of 7 am Thursday.
|Minimum temperatures Thursday December 5 ,2013|
Note just across the mountains at the Box Y Ranch it was -23F.
Around the region there so far have been many readings between -25 and -35F, with the coldest being a
-42F at Peter Sinks UT, a historically frigid high elevation valley near Logan Pass.
|Minimum temperatures of -25 F or lower on December 5, 2013|
Peter Sinks -42F occurred during the evening after there was sufficient mixing and/or clouds to keep it from falling further!