De­cem­ber’s snow to be a late ar­rival

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Ac­cuWeather

It took un­til mid-Novem­ber to get the first mea­sur­able snow­fall in Den­ver, one of the lat­est on record.

Novem­ber ended up be­ing an­other un­sea­son­ably mild month across Colorado, and De­cem­ber will start off the same — above-nor­mal tem­per­a­tures and be­low-nor­mal pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

A shift in the pat­tern around mid-De­cem­ber may al­low arc­tic air to slide down through the Plains with the pos­si­bil­ity for snow­fall across Colorado im­prov­ing in mid- to late De­cem­ber.

Look for more sig­nif­i­cant cold shots and op­por­tu­ni­ties for snow dur­ing the mid­dle and lat­ter part of win­ter, mainly dur­ing Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

Nor­mal pre­cip­i­ta­tion for De­cem­ber ranges from 0.35 of an inch in Den­ver to 0.34 of an inch in Colorado Springs and 0.38 of an inch in Pue­blo. Fore­casts ex­pect to end up be­low that.

Nor­mal Den­ver snow­fall in De­cem­ber is 8.7 inches, Colorado Springs’ nor­mal snow­fall is 5.7 inches and Pue­blo’s is 5.5 inches.

Tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to wind up 1-2 de­grees above nor­mal again. Den­ver’s nor­mal high and low tem­per­a­tures will de­crease from a high of 45 de­grees and a low of 19 de­grees on Thurs­day, down to a high of 42 and low of 17 on Dec. 15, then round out the month with a high of 43 and a low of 17.

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