PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. — Fall may have just started, but it’s wintry atop Mount Washington, with gale-force winds, snow and ice on the Northeast’s highest peak.

But this is normal for the summit, which is 6,288 feet above sea level.

Brian Fitzgerald of the Mount Washington Observatory tells WMUR-TV so far, it’s looking like an average winter is in store for the area.

The winter-like conditions are expected to lessen. Wednesday’s forecast calls for temperatures staying above freezing with reduced wind speeds.

At 6:56 a.m. Wednesday, the temperature at the summit was 33 degrees and the wind was blowing at 46 mph. During the past 24 hours the minimum temperature was 24 degrees with winds averaging 59.8 mph. The peak wind gust was 84 mph.

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