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Old 01-28-2021, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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This has been an exceptionally dry winter, but in a normal year the snow doesn't stick around all winter. If you're hoping for that, you're going to be disappointed.
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Old 01-28-2021, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Depends on when your childhood was. There are occasions were we get great driving blizzards that last for several days. But, those are far from a normal occurrence in most years. Additionally, and this is what seems to drive away a lot of recent transplants, our heaviest snow months on the Front Range are March and April.
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Old 01-29-2021, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Way up high
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I think we are supposed to get decent snow Wednesday
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Old 01-31-2021, 03:50 PM
 
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Backstory:

I was born in Denver (Arvada) and lived there for the first 4 years of my life, so I don't remember a whole lot. I just remember that my dad was fed up with the snow and decided to move us to Texas and then to California so we wouldn't have to deal with snow again. Naturally, I've always thought Denver was packed with snow, especially being at the foot of the Rockies and being so high up in elevation.

Thanks to covid, my fiancee and I decided to move to Denver again. I had grand visions of giant snow banks and everything covered in white, getting to do donuts in the snow in my car, etc. However, it seems like there's barely any snowfall, and whatever snow does fall quickly melts thanks to the unrelenting sunshine here. Even a decent snowfall is gone within a few days and just leaves behind patches of dirty, runny snow hiding in the shadows. I was hoping for a white Christmas and there wasn't a single patch of snow to be seen anywhere.

I've loved Denver otherwise in most aspects, but have been seriously let down by the lack of snow. Is this a dry year or were my expectations just off thanks to my childhood?
Patience, my child. March and April are yet to come.
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Old 02-01-2021, 09:05 AM
 
Location: 0.83 Atmospheres
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Backstory:

I was born in Denver (Arvada) and lived there for the first 4 years of my life, so I don't remember a whole lot. I just remember that my dad was fed up with the snow and decided to move us to Texas and then to California so we wouldn't have to deal with snow again. Naturally, I've always thought Denver was packed with snow, especially being at the foot of the Rockies and being so high up in elevation.

Thanks to covid, my fiancee and I decided to move to Denver again. I had grand visions of giant snow banks and everything covered in white, getting to do donuts in the snow in my car, etc. However, it seems like there's barely any snowfall, and whatever snow does fall quickly melts thanks to the unrelenting sunshine here. Even a decent snowfall is gone within a few days and just leaves behind patches of dirty, runny snow hiding in the shadows. I was hoping for a white Christmas and there wasn't a single patch of snow to be seen anywhere.

I've loved Denver otherwise in most aspects, but have been seriously let down by the lack of snow. Is this a dry year or were my expectations just off thanks to my childhood?
It has been a warm and dry winter, but the snow melt pretty quickly even in normal years.
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Old 02-01-2021, 10:15 AM
 
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Depends on when your childhood was. There are occasions were we get great driving blizzards that last for several days. But, those are far from a normal occurrence in most years. Additionally, and this is what seems to drive away a lot of recent transplants, our heaviest snow months on the Front Range are March and April.
My childhood was the early '90's. I guess I'll see what March/April are like. Looking forward to it!

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I think we are supposed to get decent snow Wednesday
Now the weather forecast shows 60 degrees for Wednesday. It always seems like snow is about to come and then the weather changes to sunny.

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Patience, my child. March and April are yet to come.
Well that is some good news, then.
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Old 02-25-2021, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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A new vehicle to buy—Can-Am Defender.
Under $33K
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Old 02-25-2021, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Rural Wisconsin
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Backstory:

I was born in Denver (Arvada) and lived there for the first 4 years of my life, so I don't remember a whole lot. I just remember that my dad was fed up with the snow and decided to move us to Texas and then to California so we wouldn't have to deal with snow again. Naturally, I've always thought Denver was packed with snow, especially being at the foot of the Rockies and being so high up in elevation.

Thanks to covid, my fiancee and I decided to move to Denver again. I had grand visions of giant snow banks and everything covered in white, getting to do donuts in the snow in my car, etc. However, it seems like there's barely any snowfall, and whatever snow does fall quickly melts thanks to the unrelenting sunshine here. Even a decent snowfall is gone within a few days and just leaves behind patches of dirty, runny snow hiding in the shadows. I was hoping for a white Christmas and there wasn't a single patch of snow to be seen anywhere.

I've loved Denver otherwise in most aspects, but have been seriously let down by the lack of snow. Is this a dry year or were my expectations just off thanks to my childhood?
Well, March is historically the snowiest month, but if you are expecting to EVER have a New England type of four seasons climate, you will be severely disappointed. (I was, and it was one of the major reasons -- if not THE major reason -- we retired to another state.) I lived there from 1986-2020 (with a three-year interval in Maine), and I can only remember only three truly major blizzards. (There might have been more, but not that I personally remember.) Denver winters are brown with just occasional periods of white, and I hated Denver winters because they were not snowy on the great majority of days.
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Old 03-09-2021, 09:14 AM
 
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Looks like some big snow this weekend. What do you think we'll get?
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Old 03-09-2021, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Looks like some big snow this weekend. What do you think we'll get?
Well I think all that social media clickbait about 5' of snow is silly. Could we get a couple feet? Sure, but if the storm track moves 100 miles north or south or the dynamics cause it to move faster than anticipated we could get 6" or less, and if the cold fronts aren't as cold as expected we could get a lot of cold rain. I wouldn't start putting any stock in snow total predictions until tomorrow or Thursday. The models are starting to come into agreement now. I've got the snow blower ready in case it gets gnarly, but right now I have an uneducated hunch it'll be 12-18" - which is big, but nowhere near the Blizzard of 2003. For the record, I did take ONE atmospheric science class in college. It was taught by the late Bill Gray, CSU's famous hurricane forecaster.

It's too bad Rotse bailed on Denver and C-D. I'd love to see his take on this storm. "OMG we got 10 feet of snow in 6 hours. It was the worst blizzard ever."
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