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Memorial Day Snowfall Across The Rockies

25 May 2020, 10:41 am

The unofficial start of summer started with a winter-like splash across parts of the Rockies.

As much as 13 inches of snow fell on the Rockies over the weekend, including a few flakes just outside of Denver, Colorado on Sunday evening.

From Colorado to Wyoming to Montana, snow dotted landscapes…on the eve of Memorial Day.

An area of low pressure spinning through the south-central U.S. pulled in just enough cold air on the back edge of it that rain turned to snow. In fact, one Colorado ski resort is planning to briefly re-open its doors this week, and Arapahoe Basin ski area saw five inches of fresh snow to help their cause:

Speaking of rain, though, beneficial moisture fell on the region as well. Denver saw about an inch of rain, making it that city’s wettest day in almost a year.

Fortunately for summer-lovers, though, there is plenty of good news on the horizon: warmer temperatures will be back in the picture for this week across the West. Highs in Denver, for example, should be back into the 80s by Tuesday, and dry, warm air will dominate the region.

And into the Southwest, extreme heat will be the big story over the next few days.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the busy West.

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Chris doesn't remember a time when that he didn't love the weather. When he was five years old, he wrote his first words, "Partly cloudy", in Ms. Benn's kindergarten class. According to Chris, it's been a love affair ever since, from teaching himself how to read forecast models at age 12, to landing at WeatherNation. Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, he started to go after his lifelong drea... Load Morem of becoming a meteorologist by predicting whether or not there would be snow days - turning him into Greenwich High School's "defacto weatherman". He turned that snow day-predicting website into a front page story a local newspaper, which in turn earned him a look at WABC-TV in New York, where Chris did the weather live on-air at the age of 16. He attended Boston University, where he continued being a "weather nerd", performing weather updates on the campus radio and TV stations, and doing the daily forecasts for the student newspaper. Following his studies at BU, Chris worked at Mile High Sports and ESPN Denver for four years while pursuing his certification in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Chris is a huge sports fan, rooting for the Rockies, Nuggets, Broncos, Avalanche and UConn. He frequently find links between sports and weather, including an investigative analysis he did in 2013, finding trends between Peyton Manning's play and game time temperature (he doesn't like the cold). Chris also enjoys running, playing any sport, socializing and periodically overeating at all-you-can-eat buffets.

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