Denver Snow Forecast: Denver Records First Official Snowfall of the Season

DENVER (KDVR) – Denver International Airport recorded 4.5 inches of snow Thursday through Friday morning, marking Denver’s first official snowfall of the season.

What Defines Denver’s First Snowfall? According to the National Weather Service, snow should be measurable. The NWS considers a tenth of an inch or more of snowfall to be measurable snow.

The snowfall measurement will be taken at Denver International Airport as that is where the official measurement comes from.

DIA is located about 18 miles northeast of downtown and is also where the City of Denver Automated Surface Observing System is located.

Denver’s first snowfall in 10 years

Here’s a rundown of the National Weather Service’s list of first snowfalls in the past 10 years:

  • December 10, 2021
  • September 8, 2020
  • October 10, 2019
  • October 6, 2018
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 17, 2016
  • November 5, 2015
  • November 11, 2014
  • October 18, 2013
  • October 5, 2012

Average snowfall in Denver

Here’s a look at the average snowfall for each month in Denver, according to the NWS:

  • January: 6.5 inches
  • February: 7.8 inches
  • March: 11.5 inches
  • April: 8.8 inches
  • May: 1.7 inches
  • June: Trace
  • July: 0 inches
  • August: 0 inches
  • September: 1 inch
  • October: 4.1 inches
  • November: 7.4 inches
  • December: 8 inch

Last season, Denver recorded 49.4 inches of total snowfall. The Pinpoint Weather team says a rare La Niña triple dip will dominate the winter.

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