December’s snow to be a late arrival
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.