Denver could see first snowfall this season! But is this late and will we see a light snow season?

DENVER - It looks like Denver may be seeing its first snowfall this season on Thursday -- Nov 5.

As many Coloradans can tell you -- this is later than average.

Denver's average first date of measurable snowfall is Oct. 19. Last year, the first snow did not fall until Nov. 11, but in 2013 the first flakes flew on Oct. 18.

The latest date for the first measurable snow in Denver was Nov. 21, 1934.

In the last 10 years, our first measurable snowfall has ranged from Oct. 5 to Nov. 15:

  • November 11, 2014
  • October 18, 2013
  • October 5, 2012
  • October 25, 2011
  • November 15, 2010
  • October 21, 2009
  • November 14, 2008
  • October 22, 2007
  • October 18, 2006
  • October 10, 2005

The date of the first snowfall does not necessarily dictate the amount of seasonal snowfall.  Last year the snow came late, but we ended up with nearly 60 inches of snow for the season.  In 2013, the snow fell early, but the season brought only 38 inches of total snow.

This particular storm system will move too quickly to become a significant one for Denver or the eastern plains, but with an El Nino event now occurring in the Pacific, it is likely that sometime this season, we will get one or two big, soggy slow moving snowstorms that could drop a foot or two on the Denver area!

To be considered the first snowfall of the season, the snowfall has to be at least a tenth of an inch.

Now is the time to make sure that you and your family are ready for snow.  Get your vehicle inspected, be sure that the tires are in good shape to handle snow and slick roads.  Check with your school or office and be sure that they have contacted Denver7 and have their information correct for our delay and closing displays both on TV and online.  If there is any question, contact us at 303-832-7777. 

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