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Old 12-07-2008, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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I'm sure the winter has been talked about many times on this forum, but I have a quick question about the Denver area in the winter. I grew up in Los Angeles, but I lived in Pennsylvania for 6 years so the cold and snow aren't alien to me.

Where I lived in Pennsylvania, at most the city would shut down for a day or two after it snowed. Usually the roads were cleared off before you even got up in the morning.

Anyhow, if I moved to the Denver I would be relocating a business there and having to deal with a lot of down time would be difficult. So, how well does the city (and its near by suburbs) deal with the snow? Does the city get back to live pretty quickly after a decent snow storm?

Also, how often does it get below around 20F or so. It seemed that was my tipping point, when it started to get into the teens it started to get uncomfortable (Or course I would walk to work, sorta amusing when the water in your hair/facial hair starts to freeze). Generally, I personally enjoy cold weather and the snow but I worry about it for technical reasons.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:49 AM
 
Location: in a mystical land far away from you
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Well, weather does come up a lot on this forum. Beware, certain people will post a reply that will make you think the weather is unLbearable (inside joke to everyone who posts here).

It often goes below 20 degrees, but many times goes above 50. The city doesn't shut down unless it really snows hard, but that isn't all that often. Be prepared for unplowed roads. Most towns won't plow side streets if the snow is less than 12 inches, and salt is one of the 7 deadly sins to the road department. It is not used. The sun will clear the roads usually in a day or so. At least that is what the road dept wants you to believe.

Heavy snow isn't all that common. Just a few inches here and there. You will have almost no down time from weather.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Come for a visit. Preferably, in January or February when it's cold. In March, our snowiest month, it can be warmer.

Most zero degree weather comes in time for the National Western Stock show. It could just be a coincidence.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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Another item that you have to consider is the wind in those winter months, particularly March. Downtown and the south areas are ok, but The north and west areas, especially Northglenn, Broomfield, Arvada, and those areas, the wind can really gust when the storms come across the Flatirons.
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Do a search first. This topic has been discussed a million and one times on this forum.
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:18 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I agree with all that has been said. There are lots of weather websites out there with data to peruse. You can find average daily highs/lows. It does get below 20 frequently at night, but the highs are almost always above freezing.

As far as shutting down the city because of snow, it doesn't happen *that* much. Once a year, sometimes not even that often. My kids rarely had a snow day in 16 years of going to school. The U of CO has a policy of never shutting down for weather, though they've had to make a few exceptions from time to time. That should tell you something.
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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Yes, I know I can look up the weather on weather websites, but I'm more so wondering how the city deals with the snow.

Katiana,

Since I know you are familiar with both western PA and this area how do they compare in the winter? I've been to Denver in the summer and its pretty much how it is i here, hot and dry. But I've never been in the winter.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:38 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Pittsburgh winter vs Denver, Compare and Contrast:

Pittsburgh: Gray, gloomy, rain, snow (not too much, not usually more than 6" at a time), temps up and down a lot. I recall the range as about 20-50 for the most part. Hardly ever below zero. We rarely had a snow day from school.

Denver: Sunny, dry most of the time. Wide swings of temps. Not a lot of below zero weather, but more than Pittsburgh. Snows maybe once every week or so; lots of warm, sunny weather between snows. We had snow on Thurs, today it is now 58 degrees at 4:30 in the afternoon. Supposed to rain, then turn to snow tomorrow night. There is usually one major dump of 10" or more every winter. It can sometimes snow 20" or more at a time. Usually then the airport and most everything is closed down. This is usually when your relatives from somewhere are due in through DIA, or someone is driving in from PA. Except in extreme cases, the city is usually up and running the next day. It can take a while for the snowplows to get to the residential streets, but the major roads get cleared fairly quickly. My kids had very few snow days in all the years they attended school here from 1989 through June 4, 2005. It snowed that day, my younger daughter's graduation day, in Boulder. The winters are very long here, though interspersed with lots of warm weather. January is windy and usually warm and dry during the day. It gets cold at night.

Denver is not as hilly as Pittsburgh (though I live on top of a hill), so driving in the snow is a little easier.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:33 PM
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Location: The Ranch, CO
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Originally Posted by bullfish15 View Post
Well, weather does come up a lot on this forum. Beware, certain people will post a reply that will make you think the weather is unLbearable (inside joke to everyone who posts here).

Ha ha, I get it. Good one.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Shelton, CT
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wunderground.com has a nice part of their website where you can look the weather from previous months and years. It's a good place to get a feel for the weather- number's wise anyway. Here's the link for Denver's weather.

History : Weather Underground
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