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Old 06-16-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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Which cities in Colorado are the most sunny in the winter months?
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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Lots of sun up here in Vail, lots of snow too. Sun isn't a problem in Colorado, the whole state has lots of it. Are you looking for a warmer place? Generally the lower in elevation, the warmer the winters.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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Whole state is sunny, pretty much year round.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Avoid Ouray since it's in a box canyon and gets like 3 hours of sun in the winter. Other than that, close your eyes and throw a dart at a map of Colorado and you're good to go.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:10 AM
 
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How are Denver and Colorado springs in the winter months? We hear about snowstorms and blizzards in those places.

Are the sunny days in winter comfortable enough to go out or we need to bundled up like in the northeast?
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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How are Denver and Colorado springs in the winter months? We hear about snowstorms and blizzards in those places.

Are the sunny days in winter comfortable enough to go out or we need to bundled up like in the northeast?
It's nothing like the northeast. There will be times when you're gonna want to bundle up, but for the most part winters here aren't that bad. We lived in Wisconsin when I was a kid and winters there are a lot more brutal.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:26 AM
 
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How are Denver and Colorado springs in the winter months? We hear about snowstorms and blizzards in those places.

Are the sunny days in winter comfortable enough to go out or we need to bundled up like in the northeast?
There can be some warm days in winter when the jet stream dips into the deep south and warm air comes up from Mexico along the Rockies.

But don't be mistaken, it is cold in Colorado. A lot of people mention the sun. Well it's great when it actually shines, but keep in mind in winter the days are short and if you live on the prairie close to the mountains in CO Springs or Denver, when the sun dips behind the mountains you lose that direct heat. There are also days with temperature inversions and clouds/fog.

The other thing that you have to adjust to is the wind. Colorado is the crossroads for a lot of weather plus the up and down drafts from the mountains create a lot of wind. So yes you might have a sunny day, but if the wind is blowing, which it usually is, that creates a nice wind chill.

I live in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania and I find the winters much easier to deal with and more moderate without so many ups and downs and changes like in Colorado.

A lot of people try to pass off Colorado as some banana belt tropical paradise in winter. It is not. It is one of the coldest states in winter and in all my travels in 47 of the 50 states and living in many of them, including many years in Colorado, the weather patterns are some of the most temperamental in the whole USA. Yes there are days in winter that are going to be super nice and stunning and then other days where the weather is trying to beat you senseless.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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Colorado winters, for the most part, are very tolerable. Yes, Colorado gets snow. And it can be a lot at one time. But, the sun does shine and melts the snow fairly quickly in most cases. I've lived all over the state, from the Front Range to high altitude mountains, to the Western Slope. There are some brutally cold days, but generally they don't last long. Colorado also doesn't have the humidity like the east, so it feels a lot warmer because of that. My husband grew up in PA, and would take CO winters over the winters in the NE any day.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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I grew up in Connecticut and find the winters here, even in the mountains, much more tolerable However it's still winter, it snows, gets cold and nasty, but doesn't have that constant grey of some northeast winters.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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How are Denver and Colorado springs in the winter months? We hear about snowstorms and blizzards in those places.

Of course they have these, and they can be epic events. But unless they happen in December or January, they melt off pretty quick and the immediate days following the snow are almost always beautiful blue skies with sun. Most of the front range snow falls in March, April and October. And these type of snowfalls are usually gone in 48 hours. The bad news is when it melts the entire landscape is a beautiful and consistent shade of brown. Ugg. Sano can fall almost any month, but the mere existence of snow doesn't change much most of the time.
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