Average date of first snow in Denver is Oct. 19

Aver. date of first snow is Oct. 19

DENVER - The snowstorm Friday morning in Denver was the earliest measurable snowstorm to hit the city in the last 10 years.

According to the National Weather Service, the average date of the first autumn snowstorm is Oct. 19.

In the last 10 years, the first measurable snow has hit:

  • October 25, 2011
  • November 15, 2010
  • October 21, 2009
  • November 14, 2008
  • October 22, 2007
  • October 18, 2006
  • October 10, 2005
  • November 1, 2004
  • November 5, 2003
  • October 25, 2002

For snow to count, Denver must record 1/10th of an inch. Friday, Denver recorded 4/10th of an inch.

However, this is not the earliest ever snowfall by more than a month. 1961 holds the record for the earliest measurable snow fall when snow hit Denver on September 3.

And in case you're wondering, the last date of the first snow in Denver was November 21, 1934.

How much snow should we expect this winter? The average amount of snow in Denver each year is 57.5 inches.

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