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Soggy storm dumping heavy snow over Colorado

Heavy snow in mountains, foothills, metro area
Posted at 5:08 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 12:01:29-04

DENVER — From 80s last week to heavy snow this week...spring in Colorado is like a riding a rollercoaster!

The average date for the last measurable snow in Denver is April 27 and the latest date on record was June 2 in 1951, although flurries fell on June 12 in 1947. Here is the list of the last measurable snows in Denver in the past 10 years:
April 24, 2018
April 29, 2017
April 30, 2016
May 10, 2015
May 12, 2014
May 2, 2013
April 3, 2012
May 11, 2011
May 12, 2010
April 27, 2009

Winter Storm Warnings are still in effect for the mountains above 9,000 feet. Snow will fall heavily at times and may accumulate to 12 to 18 inches in the mountains by late Tuesday. Roads vary from wet, to snow covered and slippery and numerous accidents have already been reported.

For elevations between 6,000 and 9,000 feet, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect in the Castle Rock and Parker area until noon. The winter weather advisory for the Denver metro area has expired. We picked up about 2 to 6 inches of snow near Denver although the roads are mainly just wet.

Bring any potted plants indoors tonight and try to cover plants in the ground with a plastic bucket or something sturdy to keep the light snow and the cold at bay. Temperatures will drop into the low 30s again on Wednesday morning. Trees and shrubs may be saved by gently knocking off the snow tonight and early Tuesday.

The storm will be a very soggy one with 1-2 inches of liquid expected over much of the state!

Temperatures will stay cold on Tuesday with highs in the low to mid-40s for lower elevations and low to mid-30s in the mountains.

Cool, wet weather will linger into Wednesday with more mountain snow showers and rain showers for the plains. Highs will be in the upper 30s to mid-40 in the mountains and in the 50s to near 60 on the plains.

Warmer and drier weather will finally arrive in Colorado Thursday and Friday with highs returning to around 70 degrees by Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be warm and dry, followed by a chance for thunderstorms on Memorial Day.

Stay tuned for updates on the changing weather.

Current Conditions

  • Humidity: 17%
  • Dew point: 42°
  • Pressure: 29.69 in
  • Wind speed: 11 mph
  • Wind direction: NW
  • Visibility: 10.0 mi
  • Sunrise: 05:38 AM
  • Sunset: 08:30 PM