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Old 07-26-2017, 05:40 PM
 
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Yup, I'm in my 50's & I wear shorts & short sleeves in the winter, as does DH, who's even older. In fact, I had to have shoulder surgery one Jan & couldn't put on a coat for 6 wks. Wore a thin little 'sweater' cape that I could wrap with one hand, was never cold. Much of the winter is in the 50's & it almost always feels 10-15 degrees warmer than it is b/c of the constant sun.

But it depends what you're used to. I lived in Cleveland & Mpls. The winters on the front range are a breeze. But it does snow. Sometimes it snows a lot & every now & then it snows in feet. I've been hear 16+ years & only remember 1 bad year. Most snow is under a foot & if you orient your driveway correctly (west or south), you can often let the sun do your shovelling work for you, depending on your job situation.

Golf courses stay open all year. This is front range. Granby would be a different story.
Thing is, there are a large number of people who live in Denver metro that are not from a "snow belt". Those that aren't could get a real shock at the winter weather in Denver metro. I've got photos of feet, not inches of snow, in Englewood (south) and Parker. Heck, I've got photos of downtown Denver with feet of snow and -15 degree weather at 3:30 in the afternoon.
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Old 07-26-2017, 06:45 PM
 
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Since the topic of Colorado (specifically the Front Range) winters comes up quite a bit, I thought it might be helpful to provide some stats that aren't normally discussed. For the 3 coldest months of the year (Dec, Jan and Feb), I averaged the daily high temperatures from 2009 through 2017. The OP expressed interest in Fort Collins so I started there but thought it would be helpful to include Denver metro as well.

Fort Collins - Average Daily High of 41
Highs above 49 - 29%
Highs 40-49 - 27%
Highs 30-39 - 26%
Highs 20-29 - 10%
Highs 0-19 - 8%

Denver Metro (Littleton) - Average Daily High of 44
Highs above 49 - 37%
Highs 40-49 - 28%
Highs 30-39 - 20%
Highs 20-29 - 10%
Highs 0-19 - 5%

About 1/3 of the days will have highs of 50 or more, about 50% of the days will have highs in the 30s and 40s and about 15% will have highs between 0 and 29.

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https://www.wunderground.com/history/
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Thing is, there are a large number of people who live in Denver metro that are not from a "snow belt". Those that aren't could get a real shock at the winter weather in Denver metro. I've got photos of feet, not inches of snow, in Englewood (south) and Parker. Heck, I've got photos of downtown Denver with feet of snow and -15 degree weather at 3:30 in the afternoon.

True, but there also are a fair percentage of people who don't live here who think we are buried under feet and feet of snow non stop from Dec to Mar. I don't think anyone will disagree that we do get storms that dump feet of snow and practically no one is immune from the occasional arctic blast, but we also get weeks of mild temps and no moisture at all. Winter here is widely variable. Sometimes intensely winter like, other times very unseasonably warm and dry.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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True, but there also are a fair percentage of people who don't live here who think we are buried under feet and feet of snow non stop from Dec to Mar. I don't think anyone will disagree that we do get storms that dump feet of snow and practically no one is immune from the occasional arctic blast, but we also get weeks of mild temps and no moisture at all. Winter here is widely variable. Sometimes intensely winter like, other times very unseasonably warm and dry.
I wish more people thought we were constantly buried in snow. Maybe it would slow down the hordes of people moving into Colorado.

Whenever the Broncos are on TV and we get a wicked snow, I cheer!
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:11 AM
 
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I have to be honest. I used to live in Colorado (Denver burbs) and LOVED it, then my company transferred me again, but I hated leaving even though it was a promotion. I am now in a position to move back, but I a put off by the higher cost of living, and the seemingly huge number of people moving there.


I love the mountains, but am now considering Wyoming, instead of Colorado due to the above.
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