Denver weather: May snowstorm is coming, here’s where it’ll fall the most

Heavy snowfall in the Front Range mountains and foothills will begin Monday afternoon as some areas could receive more than a foot of snow.

It’ll be a wet one in and around Denver with a high of 46 in the city, according to the National Weather Service (NWS.) The 90% chance of precipitation will be filled with showers until a possible thunderstorm or two works its way through the metro area in the afternoon. The rain will switch over to snow after midnight as the low dips to 36 degrees.

“A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Front Range mountains and foothills beginning Monday afternoon, where heavy snowfall accumulations will begin especially on the eastern slopes of the northern mountains,” said Evan Direnzo, a meteorologist at NWS said. “As snow levels continue to fall with cooling temperatures, precipitation will turn to all snow for the foothills and Palmer Divide and to rain-snow mix for an increasing area of the adjacent plains, including all the urban corridor by morning. Most of the lower elevations should accumulate no more then an inch or two of snowfall through Monday night.”

The Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at 3 p.m. Monday and will last until 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

There will be snow for most of the area Tuesday morning, making for a tough commute. Some light accumulation is possible over portions of the plains, and the Palmer Divide could get another four inches of snow. It will warm enough for most of the plains to switch back to rain again by midday. Denver will be cloudy with a high of 43 degrees and a low of 34 degrees. The weather system could bring another thunderstorm in the afternoon before moving east by Tuesday night.

In total, the metro could get up to four inches of snow but is more likely to only get a trace. Either way, the snow should only stick to grassy surfaces. Meanwhile, just west of the Mile High City areas in the mountains could easily get near a foot of wet and heavy snow.

Through this past weekend, Denver has gotten 7.85 inches of precipitation. In 2020, Denver only had 8.74 inches in total, the annual average is 14.30 inches.

A warmer and drier pattern is expected to begin Wednesday when Denver warms to 61 degrees during the day.

Highs will be in the mid-to-high 70s by the week’s end.

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