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Second snowstorm in three days hits Thornton, third round on the way

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 1:58pm MDT
A view of the Flatirons near Boulder on December 3, 2011 following the second snowstorm in three days. (National Weather Service)

A view of the Flatirons near Boulder on December 3, 2011 following the second snowstorm in three days. (National Weather Service)

The meteorological winter starts on December 1 and Old Man Winter is making sure we know he is around.  Two snowstorms have hit Thornton in a three day span and more snow is on the way.

On Thursday the first storm brought 5.1 inches to Thornton.  Denver officially recorded 5.7 inches at Denver International Airport (DIA).

Shortly before midnight last night, the snow began falling again and continued through noon.  Here in Thornton we recorded 4.9 inches with the latest system.

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It is interesting to note that this brings our seasonal snowfall total to 24.5 inches.  For comparison, we recorded a dismal 21.2 inches during all of the last season!  In an average season, December received 61.7 inches.

Yet another storm system is on its way and is expected to arrive tomorrow evening.  Right now it isn’t look near as impressive as the last two but Thornton may see another inch or two out of it.

Over the longer term, colder than normal temperatures are expected to last through this week.  The first half should be dry but Thursday night into Friday we may see snow again.  Long range models looking even further ahead predict colder than normal temperatures to last through the first half of the month.

Below is time lapse video from our webcams capturing last night’s storm.  Each take 14 hours and compress them into 30 seconds.

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