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On a cold, wet and blustery day, the new President of the United States prepared to take office. He rode a horse to and from the Capitol that day and spoke on the steps of the building for nearly two hours – all without an overcoat or so much as a hat.
William Henry Harrison’s refusal to acknowledge the realities of the harsh weather on March 4, 1841 would be his demise. Our nation’s newest president would also have the shortest presidency, a mere 30 days, as he caught a chill that day which then turned to pneumonia and would claim his life.
Weather in the winter can be a wildcard to say the least and it has been a point of consternation for inauguration festivities. In President Harrison’s day, we inaugurated our new leader in March but since 1937 Inauguration Day has been held on January 20th, a day which puts it right in the potentially coldest part of winter.
‘Normal’ weather for January 20th in Washington D.C. actually isn’t all that bad. The city usually reaches a high temperature in the low 40’s. At noon, the appointed time for the inaugural address, the normal temperature is 37 degrees with partly cloudy skies and a 10 mph wind. According to the National Weather Service there is historically a 1 in 20 chance of snowfall on the date itself. Not too bad at all.
Like President Harrison, some other presidents weren’t very lucky when it came to the weather on inauguration day.
100 years ago President William Howard Taft famously said, “I knew it would be a cold day when I made president,” and he was absolutely right. On that March day ten inches of snow fell and wind downed trees and power poles as streets became clogged and trains stalled. President Taft’s ceremony was moved indoors due to poor weather and historians consider the day the worst inaugural weather ever.
President Taft had it rough but his inauguration wasn’t the coldest. For his second inauguration President Ronald Reagan saw truly Arctic cold temperatures impact his ceremony. At noon in 1985 it was a mere 7 degrees and the wind chill dropped that to between -10 and -20 degrees. Like Taft, President Reagan’s inauguration was moved indoors.
In 1873 when Ulysses S. Grant prepared to take office for his second term, the temperature was a mere 16 degrees at noon. The wind was so bad it made his inaugural address inaudible to everyone including those on the platform with him.
In 1961 on the eve of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, eight inches of snow fell causing the worst inaugural traffic jam as hundred of cars were stuck and thousands abandoned. The temperature only reached 22 degrees that day and the new president was forced to cancel dinner plans as travel was so difficult.
As for rain, that too can intrude on one of our nation’s most revered occasions. 1.77 inches of rain fell on January 20, 1937 – a record for the date that still stands today. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt rode in a convertible back to the White House after the inauguration which had a half-inch of water on the floor by the time he arrived.
How are things looking for Inauguration Day 2017 and President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing in? Rain looks to be a virtual certainty for much of the morning right through the swearing in at 12:00 noon EST / 10:00am MST. The actual volume of precipitation though does not look like it will be all that great. Temperatures will be topping out a bit warmer than normal for the date with an expected high of 48 degrees. Click here for the latest forecast for Washington DC from the National Weather Service.
We are starting out the three-day period on Friday with a few raindrops and snowflakes. The system isn’t a big weather maker though and won’t last long. Afterwards we will see calmer, drier conditions for the rest of the weekend.
For today we start with some rain sprinkles and light snow. Very little, if any, accumulation is expected. Look for the showers to taper off by noon to be followed by some lightening of the cloud cover. Highs today will top out in the low to mid-40s followed by lows in the low 20s overnight.
Saturday offers cooler temperatures and a bit of cloud cover. We’ll start out mostly sunny but then see cloud cover build some leading to partly sunny skies for most of the day. Highs will be a bit cooler and top out in the low 40s. Overnight Saturday into Sunday the mercury will drop to the mid-20s.
We close out the weekend in fine fashion with the nicest day of weather for the period. There will be a healthy dose of sun and temperatures will be right near the average for the date of 44 degrees.
Have a great weekend!
If you liked yesterday’s weather then you will have no complaints about today either. We will be seeing nearly identical conditions with lots of sun and mild temperatures. This will however be followed by some snow potential Friday.
For today we start out with clear skies. A few clouds may arrive later in the day but nothing that will intrude. Temperatures will once again be climbing to the mid-50s with calm conditions.
Tonight a weak storm system will move through and unsettle things. We stand a chance for some light snow, primarily tomorrow morning after 3:00am. Only minimal accumulations are expected if any at all. More in the extended forecast here.
Another year in the books for us and as we look back on our overall weather for 2016, we see overall temperatures were warmer than normal while precipitation fell a good bit short of normal. The year did seem to lack any major drama in terms of severe weather or winter storms which is likely a good thing.
We started out with above normal temperatures for the first quarter of the year. March, as usual, was our snowiest month and also became our wettest month of the year. April followed with some snow and a good bit of rain to be our second wettest and May the third.
May also saw much cooler than normal temperatures with the biggest departure from normal. From there, drier conditions reigned through November with each month registering below normal precipitation.
October and November saw our biggest deviations from normal temperatures as high pressure dominated and we saw extraordinarily warm conditions. This changed in December as Arctic air infiltrated the region leading to well below normal temperatures.
Overall, Thornton’s annual temperature came in at 51.6 degrees. This was 1.1 degrees above Denver’s 30 year average (1981 to 2010) of 50.5 degrees. We saw readings ranging from a high of 100.4 degrees down to a low of 10.7 degrees below zero. Fifty days saw 90 degrees or higher while at the opposite end we saw 169 days with readings at or below freezing.
Out at DIA where the Mile High City’s official measurements are kept, it was warmer with an annual average of 52.3 degrees. For Denver, that ranks as the 14th warmest year in its 145 year temperature history.
In terms of precipitation, Denver averages 14.3 inches per calendar year. Both Thornton and Denver fell well short of that mark with 12.98 inches and 11.85 inches respectively. For Denver, that is the 37th driest year on record.
Thornton saw a very respectable 68.1 inches for the calendar year. At the airport Denver saw less with 61.6 inches. Both were well above the annual average of 53.8 inches.
From the National Weather Service:
CLIMATE REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO 1010 AM MST SUN JAN 1 2017 ................................... ...THE DENVER CO CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2016... CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1872 TO 2016 WEATHER OBSERVED NORMAL DEPART LAST YEAR`S VALUE DATE(S) VALUE FROM VALUE DATE(S) NORMAL ................................................................ TEMPERATURE (F) RECORD HIGH 105 06/26/2012 06/25/2012 07/20/2005 08/08/1878 LOW -29 01/09/1875 HIGHEST 102 07/10/2016 98 08/15 LOWEST -15 12/17/2016 -10 01/04 AVG. MAXIMUM 66.7 64.7 2.0 65.4 AVG. MINIMUM 38.0 36.3 1.7 38.6 MEAN 52.3 50.5 1.8 52.0 DAYS MAX >= 90 55 39.6 15.4 48 DAYS MAX <= 32 14 20.0 -6.0 29 DAYS MIN <= 32 138 156.9 -18.9 126 DAYS MIN <= 0 4 5.8 -1.8 7 PRECIPITATION (INCHES) RECORD MAXIMUM 23.31 1967 MINIMUM 7.29 2008 TOTALS 11.85 14.30 -2.45 18.31 DAILY AVG. 0.03 0.03 0.00 0.05 DAYS >= .01 71 79.7 -8.7 107 DAYS >= .10 32 34.9 -2.9 49 DAYS >= .50 5 7.6 -2.6 10 DAYS >= 1.00 2 2.3 -0.3 2 GREATEST 24 HR. TOTAL 1.38 2016 5/26 TO 5/27 1.22 2016 4/15 TO 4/16 0.77 2016 3/23 TO 3/23 SNOWFALL RECORDS JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBER TOTALS MAXIMUM MINIMUM 115.9 1913 18.9 1887 112.0 1959 21.5 1888 99.2 1929 21.8 1890 24 HR TOTAL 23.6 12/24/1982 TO 12/24/1982 TOTALS 61.6 53.8 7.8 64.4 LIQUID EQUIV 6.16 5.40 0.76 6.44 SINCE 7/1 11.4 22.5 -11.1 22.6 LIQUID 7/1 1.14 2.20 -1.06 2.26 SNOWDEPTH AVG. 0 MM MM 0 DAYS >= TRACE 37 33.3 3.7 51 DAYS >= 1.0 13 16.3 -3.3 25 GREATEST SNOW DEPTH 10 03/24 9 02/23 24 HR TOTAL 13.1 03/23 11.8 04/16 6.9 02/01 STORM TOTAL 13.1 03/23 DEGREE_DAYS HEATING TOTAL 5415 6059 -644 5479 SINCE 7/1 2042 2468 -426 5575 COOLING TOTAL 878 769 109 877 SINCE 1/1 878 769 109 877 FREEZE DATES RECORD EARLIEST 09/08/1962 LATEST 06/08/2007 EARLIEST 10/07 LATEST 05/05 .................................................. WIND (MPH) AVERAGE WIND SPEED 10.0 RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 2/194 HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION 54/340 DATE 07/24 HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION 74/340 DATE 07/24 SKY COVER POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT) MM AVERAGE SKY COVER 0.50 NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR 94 NUMBER OF DAYS PC 210 NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY 62 AVERAGE RH (PERCENT) 50 WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORM 0 MIXED PRECIP 0 HEAVY RAIN 3 RAIN 13 LIGHT RAIN 72 FREEZING RAIN 0 LT FREEZING RAIN 0 HAIL 4 HEAVY SNOW 5 SNOW 17 LIGHT SNOW 39 SLEET 0 FOG 80 FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE 26 HAZE 33 - INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS. R INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED. MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING. T INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT. ..........2016 CLIMATE YEAR IN REVIEW........... THE YEAR OF 2016 IN DENVER, THE FRONT RANGE AND NORTHERN COLORADO, WAS A TRANSITION FROM STRONG EL NINO CONDITIONS OVER TO WEAK LA NINA AND INTO THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS ENSO NEUTRAL. AS EL NINO CONDITIONS WEAKENED FROM MID-WINTER THROUGH LATE SPRING 2016, TEMPERATURES CAME IN WARMER THAN AVERAGE FOR JANUARY THROUGH MARCH ALONG WITH NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE THREE MONTHS. DENVER`S WETTEST MONTH OF 2016 ARRIVED IN APRIL WITH 2.56 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION ALONG WITH 18.4 INCHES OF SNOW. TEMPERATURES FOR THEN COOLED TO NEAR AVERAGE FOR APRIL AHEAD OF ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION AND FURTHER COOLING INTO MAY. MAY WAS THE SECOND WETTEST MONTH OF 2016 AND ALSO HAD THE COLDEST MONTHLY DEPARTURE FROM AVERAGE FOR THE YEAR AT 2.7 DEGREES BELOW DENVER`S MONTHLY MAY NORMAL. WITH WATER TEMPERATURE CONDITIONS RAPIDLY CHANGING IN THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC REGION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2016, NORTHERN COLORADO AND THE HIGH PLAINS STATES TRANSITIONED INTO A DIFFERENT PATTERN AS WELL. THE FIVE MONTHS OF JUNE THROUGH OCTOBER ALL REGISTERED PRECIPITATION TOTALS BELOW THEIR MONTHLY AVERAGE. AUGUST RECEIVED A MERE 0.22 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION IN DENVER WHICH WAS 1.47 INCHES BELOW AVERAGE AND WAS THE LOWEST PERCENTAGE OF NORMAL OF ALL MONTHS OF 2016 AT 13 PERCENT. AS A LARGE AND STRONG RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE PERSISTED ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ROCKIES FROM MID SUMMER INTO MID FALL, TEMPERATURES REFLECTED THIS WITH OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER LANDING WELL ABOVE THEIR MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES. BOTH OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER IN DENVER CAME IN WITH MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DEPARTURES OF 6.9 AND 6.8 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE RESPECTIVELY. PRECIPITATION ALSO HELD BELOW NORMAL FOR THESE TWO MONTHS AS WELL WITH 0.26 INCHES IN OCTOBER AND 0.52 INCHES IN NOVEMBER. HOWEVER, WITH TWO MOIST AND WINTER-LIKE PACIFIC DISTURBANCES IN MID NOVEMBER, THE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL IN NOVEMBER WAS ONLY -0.09 OR 85 PERCENT OF AVERAGE. AS METEOROLOGISTS OBSERVED THE DEVELOPING NORTHERN HEMISPHERIC PATTERN FROM LATE NOVEMBER INTO EARLY DECEMBER, IT WAS CLEAR THAT A CHANGE FOR THE COLDER WAS COMING TO MUCH OF THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING DENVER. IN EARLY DECEMBER, WINDS ALOFT BROADLY EXTENDED LONGITUDINALLY FROM THE ARCTIC REGION NORTH OF SIBERIA, ACROSS THE NORTH POLE REGION AND INTO SOUTHERN CANADA. FRIGID ARCTIC AIR WAS BROUGHT SOUTHWARD INTO CANADA AND ACROSS MUCH OF THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES AS A RESULT. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER PATTERN OF PERSISTENT NORTHERLY WINDS ALOFT ACROSS NORTHERN LATITUDES WHICH USHERED IN ANOTHER PERIOD OF COLD AND SNOWFALL AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. THESE TWO SYSTEMS WERE ENOUGH TO BRING DECEMBER`S AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE DOWN TO -2.2 BELOW NORMAL ALONG WITH ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL. WHEN 2016 ENDED, THE AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE FOR DENVER FINALIZED AT 52.3 DEGREES, WHICH IS 1.8 DEGREES ABOVE THE 1981-2010 ANNUAL AVERAGE OF 50.5 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS 14TH WARMEST IN DENVER`S 145 YEAR TEMPERATURE HISTORY. THE WARMEST YEAR IN DENVER`S WEATHER HISTORY WAS IN 1934 WITH AN AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE OF 54.8 DEGREES. THE COLDEST YEAR WAS 1912 WITH AN ANNUAL AVERAGE OF 47.6 DEGREES. FOR THE PRECIPITATION CATEGORY, 2016 IN DENVER WAS ON THE DRY SIDE OF THE 1981-2010 ANNUAL AVERAGE. THE YEAR ENDED WITH 11.85 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WHICH WAS 2.45 INCHES BELOW THE ANNUAL NORMAL OF 14.30 INCHES, OR 83 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE ANNUAL TOTAL OF 11.85 INCHES RANKS AS 37TH DRIEST IN DENVER`S 145 YEAR WEATHER HISTORY. THE WETTEST YEAR IN DENVER`S WEATHER HISTORY WAS IN 1967 WHEN 23.31 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL. DENVER`S DRIEST YEAR OCCURRED IN 2002 WHEN ONLY 7.48 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED.
January’s reputation of being dry and windy is evidenced in our look back at this week in Denver weather history. While there are some notable events involving snow, high winds have been the most frequent event worthy of mention.
From the National Weather Service:
In 1888…a cold air mass settled over the city and caused temperatures to plunge well below zero on four consecutive days…but only one temperature record was set. Minimum temperatures dipped to 4 degrees below zero on the 13th… 19 degrees below zero on the 14th…20 degrees below zero on the 15th…and 11 degrees below zero on the 16th. The maximum temperature of only 4 degrees below zero on the 14th was a record low maximum for the date. North winds were sustained to 30 mph on the 13th.
In 1908…heavy post-frontal snowfall totaled 6.5 inches overnight. North winds were sustained to 32 mph. The temperature dropped 41 degrees in 24 hours from a reading of 48 degrees at 8:00 pm on the 14th to only 7 degrees at 8:00 pm on the 15th.
In 1950…strong winds occurred in Boulder and Louisville. Winds in excess of 60 mph were recorded at Valmont. Minor damage was reported. Southwest winds gusted to 50 mph at Stapleton Airport.
In 1959…a total of 5.5 inches of snow fell at Stapleton Airport.
In 1992…snow spread from the mountains across metro Denver. The heaviest snow was across the northern portion of the area where 7 inches fell at Thornton. At Stapleton International Airport…only 3.4 inches of snowfall were recorded and northeast winds gusting to 37 mph caused some blowing snow on the 14th.
In 1999…high winds howled across metro Denver. In Commerce City…strong winds toppled 3 utility poles resulting in a power outage to 600 homes. High wind reports included: 108 mph at Wondervu…80 mph at the Hiwan Golf Course in Evergreen…76 mph at Aspen Springs…75 mph at the Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield…74 mph in Boulder…and 70 mph at Georgetown. West to northwest winds gusted to 48 mph…the highest wind gust of the month…and warmed the temperature to a high of 60 degrees at Denver International Airport on the 15th.
In 1930…a protracted cold spell occurred when low temperatures plunged below zero on 8 consecutive days. The coldest low temperatures of 20 degrees below zero on the 17th and 19 degrees below zero on the 16th were record minimums for the dates. High temperatures during the period ranged from 18 on the 18th to zero on the 20th. Two degrees on the 15th was a record low maximum temperature for the date.
In 1875…the wind backed from the southwest to the northeast before noon. The temperature fell 48 degrees in one hour… From a high of 52 degrees to only 4 degrees between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm…as cold arctic air surged back over the city.
In 1888…the low temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero.
In 1906…southwest winds were sustained to 44 mph.
In 1921…south winds were sustained to 44 mph with gusts to 48 mph. The winds warmed the temperature to a high of 63 degrees. The low temperature of only 47 degrees was a record high minimum for the date.
In 1943…strong Chinook winds struck the Front Range foothills. Wind gusts to 96 mph were recorded at Valmont in east Boulder…with 90 mph measured at Boulder airport. Some damage occurred.
In 1976…strong Chinook winds with peak gusts of 70 to 80 mph were recorded along the foothills. Northwest winds gusted to 46 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1982…a vigorous cold front plunged temperatures 22 degrees in an hour from 39 to 17 degrees. Strong northeast winds at 30 mph with gusts to 46 mph…along with some snow flurries…reduced the visibility to 1 mile in blowing dust at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1987…heavy snow hit metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 10.3 inches at Stapleton International Airport…but amounts across the area ranged from 3 inches in southeast Aurora to 18 inches in the western and southwestern suburbs. Only an inch of snow was measured at Castle Rock. A half foot to a foot of snow fell in the foothills west of Denver and Boulder. Some schools were closed due to the storm. Temperatures hovered in the teens most of the day at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 30 mph.
In 1988…high winds were clocked in Boulder with a gust to 70 mph recorded at Table Mesa.
In 1998…strong winds developed in and near the Front Range foothills. Winds gusted to 71 mph at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield. South-southwest winds gusted to only 25 mph at Denver International Airport.
In 1967…a major windstorm struck Boulder. The storm was described at the time as the worst single windstorm in the history of Boulder in terms of damage. Winds reached 125 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and at Boulder airport. Winds gusted to 84 mph downtown. Damage totaled a half million dollars in Boulder where some minor injuries were reported. At the Boulder Municipal Airport… 14 light airplanes were severely damaged. The second floor of a warehouse was blown down…damaging two nearby moving vans. A mobile home was blown over south of Boulder… Injuring one woman. The roof of a department store was blown in. There was widespread damage to houses…autos… And power lines from wind and flying debris. Strong winds also occurred in Denver and Golden…but damage was only minor. At Stapleton International Airport…west winds gusted to 43 mph on the 15th and to 45 mph on the 16th.
In 1981…heavy snow of 6 to 10 inches accumulated across metro Denver. Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at Stapleton International Airport where east winds gusted to 21 mph on the 15th.
In 1991…a pacific storm system moved across metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 3 to 7 inches with 3 inches in Aurora… Denver…and Castle Rock…4 inches in Arvada…and 7 inches at South Platte station just southwest of Denver. Snowfall totaled only 2.9 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 21 mph on the 16th.
In 2001…heavy snow fell across the Front Range foothills and urban corridor. The combination of careless driving and snowpacked highways resulted in 3 multi-vehicle accidents involving 30 vehicles…along I-25 in Douglas County. Eleven people were injured and one was killed. Snow amounts included: 11 inches in Evergreen; 10 inches at Eldorado Springs and Genesee; 8 inches at Broomfield… Ken Caryl Ranch…and Thornton; and 5 to 7 inches in Arvada…Bailey…Crow Hill…Gross Reservoir…Lakewood… Louisville…Westminster…and near Loveland. Snowfall totaled 2.7 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
In 1962…a protracted cold spell kept metro Denver in the deep freeze for more than a week. From the 15th thru the 23rd…low temperatures were zero or below for 9 consecutive days…but a daily record low was set only on the 22nd when the temperature dipped to 14 degrees below zero. A record low maximum for the date was also set on the 22nd when the temperature climbed to only 11 degrees. The coldest high temperature was 3 degrees above zero on the 21st…which did not break the record. The protracted cold was broken for only a few hours on the afternoon of the 20th when Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high of 38 degrees before another surge of cold arctic air plunged temperatures back into the deep freeze that evening. The severe cold caused much damage to water systems. A woman was frozen to death at Morrison. There were other deaths attributable to the weather…including traffic deaths and heart attacks from overexertion.
In 1911…a trace of rain fell…a rare event in January.
In 1935…rainfall was 0.01 inch during the afternoon…a rare event in January.
In 1989…wind gusts to 80 mph were reported in southwest Boulder. Winds reached 100 mph at Rollinsville in the foothills southwest of Boulder. In Golden…the wind blew a 25-foot trailer through a fence and flipped it over. West winds gusted to 37 mph at Stapleton International Airport where the Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high of 49 degrees.
In 1886…a brief cold spell resulted in two temperature records. High temperatures of zero degrees on the 16th and 2 degrees below zero on the 17th were both record low maximums for the dates. Low temperatures of 8 degrees below zero on the 16th and 16 degrees below zero on the 17th were not records.
In 1930…temperatures plunging well below zero resulted in two records. Low temperatures of 19 degrees below zero on the 16th and 20 degrees below zero on the 17th were record low temperatures for the dates. High temperatures were 4 degrees on the 16th and 15 degrees on the 17th. Light snowfall totaled 4.0 inches. North winds were sustained to 18 mph on the 16th.
In 1964…high winds struck the eastern foothills. Gale velocity winds were recorded in Boulder with gusts to 83 mph measured at Rocky Flats. Several airplanes were damaged at the Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield. Roofs…walls…and parts of buildings were blown away at various locations. Power poles and trees were blown over.
In 1943…light snowfall totaled 3.2 inches over the 3 days. This was the only measurable snow of the month. North winds were sustained to 20 mph on the 16th.
In 2011…very strong winds associated with an upper level jetstream over Colorado produced blizzard conditions in the mountains above timberline. Peak wind gusts included: 99 mph atop Loveland pass…94 mph…2 miles southwest of Mary Jane…80 mph atop Berthoud Pass and 79 mph atop Niwot Ridge. Storm totals in the ski areas west of Denver ranged from 8 to 14 inches.
We are in store for a very nice winter’s day today. Skies will be clear and temperatures will be topping out a good ways above normal.
We start out quite chilly under clear skies. The sun will remain throughout the day with just a few, sparse clouds. Temperatures will be climbing to a high in the low to mid-50s. Winds will be calm, conditions dry. Overnight tonight skies will be mostly clear as we dip to a low in the mid-20s.
Look for more of the same tomorrow. A weak system unsettles the weather a bit Friday then we will see seasonal conditions for the weekend. We are keeping an eye on a stronger, potentially potent system set to arrive Tuesday but that is a good ways out yet to start worrying about. In the meantime, enjoy today’s weather!
With a quick 2.3 inches of snow dropped, our latest storm system has moved out. In its wake we are going to enjoy a largely seasonal day with temps right near normal and plenty of sun.
We start out the day with some patchy fog, primarily around the Platte. That will dissipate soon after sunrise and we will be left with sunny skies for the balance of the day. Winds will be light and we will be calm and dry. Temperatures will be climbing to a high around 46 degrees, just a bit above normal.
Warmer weather awaits us Wednesday and Thursday before our next storm system arrives Friday.
We are waking up to a fresh blanket of white this morning. As expected, it didn’t amount to much and it will be ending this morning to be followed by a bit of sun to close things out.
We start out the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with snow falling. Roads are slick and slushy so if you venture out early, please allow a bit of extra time. Snow will be coming to an end by mid-morning with only a few snowflakes expected after that.
By noon the cloud cover will start to east slowly and we should see some sun by the end of the day. Temperatures today will be topping out in the mid-30s, a good ways below the average for the day of 44 degrees.
Looking ahead, the balance of the workweek looks to be dry and pleasant with mercury readings at or above normal and lots of sun. See our extended weather forecast for more.
Not a particularly great weekend ahead in terms of the weather. A series of systems and fronts is going to ensure steady cloud cover, temps below normal and a chance for snow to close the three-day period out.
For Friday the 13th, a few spots of patchy fog may be seen early then we will be left with mostly cloudy skies above. We will be calm and dry with highs only in the upper 30s. The cloud cover will stay overnight and we will chill down to around 20 degrees.
Saturday looks to be much like today but with temperatures a bit warmer. Partly to mostly cloudy skies will be above as we head for a high in the low 40s. Overnight Saturday night temperatures dip to the mid-20s.
Our next notable system arrives Sunday although its track and timing are still not certain. We do expect plenty of clouds and slightly cooler temperatures. Some light snow / flurries will be possible throughout the day with the best chance for snow coming Sunday evening and through the overnight hours into Monday morning.
Have a great weekend!