Saturday, 31 Jul 2021

Denver weather: No fool, April snow could be on the way

Nothing says April in Denver quite like a 70-degree day followed by snow. And that’s probably what’s coming our way this week.

After a high temperature near 70 degrees on Wednesday, temperatures will plummet on Thursday, giving way to the likelihood of more spring snowfall for the Denver area on Thursday night into Friday.

A sharp cold front will drop down from the north on Wednesday night, quickly dropping temperatures and drawing in cloud cover for Thursday. After Wednesday afternoon’s high near 70, temperatures will drop by 20 or so degrees by Thursday. The mercury will struggle to reach 50 on Thursday under mainly cloudy skies during the day. Denver and points south and east may wind up with a rain shower on Thursday afternoon, perhaps mixed in with a rumble of thunder or two in a few spots.

By Thursday night, though, any rain will quickly flip over to a heavy, wet snow – similar to last Friday night’s 1-3 inch snow event across most of the metro area. The snow could fall quickly for a few hours on Thursday night, before tapering off by sunrise on Friday morning.

As far as accumulations are concerned, most of the Denver area can expect 1-3 inches of snow by the time the storm winds down on Friday morning. Because the snow will mostly come during the overnight hours, however, this week’s snow may have a better chance of sticking to roads than last week’s event.

The highest totals will likely come in the colder foothills west of the city, and in a few bands in far northeast Colorado as well. The bulk of the energy from this storm will stay well north and east of Denver, sparing most of the metro area a significant snow event.

Any snow, though, would kick off Denver’s second-snowiest month of the year with a bang. Denver averages 8.9 inches of snow each April, second only to March. Denver’s already clinched an above-average snow season, following a busy February and March that featured a combined 30 inches of snow at the city’s Stapleton Airport observation site.

After the wet snow, though, temperatures will quickly rebound back to seasonable levels this weekend. Highs will bounce back to around 60 degrees by Saturday (Denver’s average high for the first week of April is around 60), and temperatures could once again return to the low 70s by Sunday and Monday.

In other words, this week promises to be a near-perfect synopsis of April weather in Colorado: spring-like warmth, followed by a sudden reminder that spring also means snow along the Front Range.

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