Metro area sees its earliest snowfall since 2012.
Denver registered its first snowfall before it registered its first freeze. Early Saturday morning, the low temperature reached 33 degrees, one degree short of freezing, and about 0.5 inches of snow was reported in the south and eastern parts of the metro area.
Denver International Airport registered about a half-inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. While it didn't snow in the city, it did at the official recording station, making it the official first snowfall of the season in Denver.
While it is the earliest snowfall in six years (that was Oct. 5, 2012), it is by far not the earliest snowfall Denver has ever seen. That record belongs to September 3, 1961. The latest recorded snowfall in the metro area was November 21, 1934. According to the National Weather Service, the average date of the first snowfall in the city is October 18.
This early moisture is music to the state's ears, as much of the high country got snow over the weekend. Last winter's entire measured snowfall for Denver was only 25.7 inches. That is actually just a few inches over the 2006 blizzard we had that dumped 21 or so inches in just two days. In addition, last year's snow ended up being about half the size of the city's biggest snowstorm, which dumped a whopping 45.7 inches of snow in four days. Makes last winter look pretty pathetic.
The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cold, snowy winter, so maybe Saturday's snow is just the first storm of many! Then again, The Old Farmer's Almanac says the winter will be mild and less snow than usual for most of the state. So, who knows, but as the saying goes, only fools and flatlanders try to predict the weather. The rest of us will just have to wait and see.
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