After shattering data over the Labor Day weekend with temperatures within the 90s and 100s alongside the Southern Rocky Mountains, winter abruptly confirmed up Tuesday morning in Colorado, CBS Denver reports.
Denver formally broke a record with 101 levels on Saturday, tied a record with 97 levels on Sunday, and got here inside two levels of the record with 93 levels on Sunday. Overall it was one of many hottest Labor Day weekends on record in Colorado. And it was made worse by thethat brought about air high quality alerts and smoky skies.
Going from record heat to the coldest climate seen within the final 5 months was fairly a shock Tuesday morning.
“We have a temperature difference of 60 to 70 degrees in 24 hours across the Rockies,” CBS News meteorologist and local weather specialist Jeff Berardelli stated Tuesday on CBSN. “Yesterday in Denver you were swimming in your pool … hopefully today you are wearing long pants, a sweater … and a coat because it’s in the 30s.”
That sort of temperature swing shouldn’t be essentially unusual in Colorado within the winter months, however it’s unprecedented for September.
“While Denver has experienced measurable snow in early September once before, this is a very rare occurrence,” Berardelli famous. “And certainly to have all these extremes happen at the same time is not something I can recall ever seeing before.”
The chilly air was sufficient to show rain into moist snow in most areas Tuesday morning. A short change again to rain is feasible under 6,000 toes Tuesday afternoon, however all precipitation is anticipated to be snow Tuesday night. And Tuesday evening is when the vast majority of the buildup will happen alongside the Southern Rocky Mountains.
The Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins areas are beneath a Winter Weather Advisory for 2-6 inches of snow by means of 12 p.m. Wednesday.
Elsewhere, a Winter Storm Warning is in impact till 12 p.m. Wednesday for the foothills of Jefferson, Boulder and Larimer Counties for greater than 8 inches of summer season snow in some areas. The Palmer Divide together with Castle Rock, Franktown, Kiowa and Elizabeth can also be beneath a Winter Storm Warning for as much as 10 inches of snow.
In the mountains, the very best snow totals will possible be within the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wet Mountains west of Pueblo, Walsenburg and Trinidad. These areas will stand up to 18 inches of slushy snow. Farther west there can be as much as 12 inches within the San Juan Mountains. The mountains of Summit County and northern Park County will see at the least 6 inches of snow, together with alongside the I-70 hall above Georgetown and Highway 285 above Morrison.
The storm can be sluggish to maneuver out of Colorado, with extra snow blended with rain potential within the mountains on Wednesday, Thursday and even Friday. Snow ought to finish utterly for Denver and the Front Range no later than midday Wednesday, however it should take a number of extra days earlier than hotter climate returns.