DENVER (CBS4) – Like all recent storms that have hit Colorado, the storm arriving Tuesday night will bring snow to the highlands and little or no snow to Denver and the Front Range.
This is entirely due to the path of the storm. Usually in November, the storm’s track across the country has moved south enough to allow the storms to move closer to Colorado’s border with New Mexico than Wyoming. Storms that pass through southern Colorado are much more likely to bring snow to Denver and the Front Range than storms further north.
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Unfortunately, the storm’s track will be too north this week to bring anything other than light, patchy rain and snow to the metro area on Thursday and Thursday evening.
It has now been over 200 days since the last measurable snowfall in Denver, a generally long period without snow in the town of Mile High. It has also been more than three days since the first average snowfall (October 18) and the record for the last first snowfall recorded (November 21) is only 12 days away.
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With no snowfall forecast this week or even next week, it’s entirely possible that Denver will set a new record this year for the last first snowfall. And it’s ironic considering that last year’s first snow came on September 8, which was a tie for the second-earliest snow on record.
Meanwhile, the mountains will do well with snow from Tuesday evening. A winter weather advisory was issued for the northwestern mountains, including the Rabbit Ears Pass and the Flat Tops area, for at least 4 to 8 inches of snow Tuesday evening and Wednesday. The advisory includes the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, including the ski area which is slated to open on November 20.
Elsewhere in the high country, most areas above 9,000 feet will receive 2 to 5 inches of snow Tuesday evening through Thursday evening. Mountain passes like Berthoud, Loveland and Vail Pass should receive more. Travelers should be prepared for slippery roads and slow traffic on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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For Denver and the Front Range, there is a 10-20% chance of a very quick rain or snow shower Thursday and Thursday night and nothing more.