A warm start to the work week will quickly lead to snow chances for Denver, Colorado on Monday into Tuesday, with a huge temperature swing in store.
Highs on Sunday topped out at record levels in the Mile High City, with a temperature of 74° on Sunday beating the old top mark of 72°, set back in 1998. Another day of record highs is likely on Monday (the record is 74° set back in 1950), before snow – yes, snow – returns to Denver on Tuesday morning.
A quick dusting to an inch of snow is possible on Tuesday morning, likely before dawn, as a quick front swings through the city, which will certainly lead to colder weather through much of the upcoming week. Because of the warm ground due to the recent record-setting heat, it’s unlikely much, if any, of the snow will stick to the roads, but you may want to plan on giving yourself extra time for your Tuesday morning commute. Denver’s western and southern suburbs, which are higher and typically colder than the city itself, may see higher accumulations and impacts.
If Denver doesn’t seen measurable snowfall (defined as 0.1″ or more), it would be the first time since 1939 that Denver hasn’t seen measurable snowfall in November, which can see blockbuster November snows and averages 7.7″ in the month. Only six Novembers in the city’s recorded history (which stretches back to the early 1870s) have failed to register any snowfall in the month.
A big ridge of high pressure has kept Denver consistently warm and dry this month, but that ridge looks to break down this week, allowing the cooler, if not more seasonable air to settle into the city.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi