The first average snowfall in Denver is less than 80 days away

We’re in the midst of a late July heatwave so what better way to cool off than remembering that the average date of first snowfall along the Front Range is less than 80 days away. Also, we have officially eclipsed our period of peak heat in Denver. That means, from this point on, our average daily temperatures are beginning to cool. We get to our coldest point of the year in mid-December when high temperatures reach only 43 degrees.

Here is a list of cities and town around Colorado and their average date of first snowfall (a coating of snow or more) as well as the earliest date snow has ever fallen in that location.

Average date of first snow

Mountain ski areas:
Aspen — Oct. 5
Telluride — Oct. 14
Wolf Creek — Oct. 3
Steamboat — Oct. 13
Winter Park — Oct. 5
Breckenridge — Sept. 30
Keystone — Oct. 4

Colorado cities:
Estes Park — Oct. 17
Fort Collins — Oct. 26
Boulder — Oct. 18
Denver International Airport — Oct. 21
Denver/Central Park — Oct. 14
Colorado Springs — Oct. 31
Pueblo — Nov. 3
Grand Junction — Nov. 16
Limon — Oct. 27
Black Forest — Sept. 25

Earliest date of first snow

Mountain ski areas:
Aspen — Sept. 2, 1961
Telluride — Sept. 3, 1961
Wolf Creek — Sept. 2, 1961
Steamboat — Sept. 2, 1961
Winter Park — Sept. 3, 1973
Breckenridge — Aug. 14, 1978
Keystone — Aug. 25, 1992

Colorado cities:
Estes Park — Sept. 6, 1929
Fort Collins — Sept. 8, 2020
Boulder — Sept. 8, 2020
Denver Airport — Sept. 8, 2020
Denver/Central Park — Sept. 3, 1961
Colorado Springs — Sept. 10, 1898
Pueblo — Sept. 9, 2020
Grand Junction — Sept. 18, 1965
Limon — Sept. 9, 2020
Black Forest — Aug. 16, 2020

Some areas in Colorado notably have seen their first snow as early as mid-August, but more times than not the first snows happen in October across Colorado. Remember, just last year we had our earliest snow on record for a lot of Front Range cities and that was in early September.

Snow is not in the forecast and shouldn’t be for at least a few more weeks, but as you know Colorado weather can be surprising at times. We’ll keep waiting for the snow, but for now let’s enjoy the monsoon summer moisture we are getting and hold on to these long, hot summer days as long as we can.

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