It’s August and it’s snowing in Colorado

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Snow in RMNP Credit: Alpine Visitor Center August 20, 2021

BERTHOUD PASS, Colo. (KDVR) — It is August 20 and the National Weather Service in Boulder is reporting heavy snow on Berthoud Pass.

The snow report was posted around 2 a.m. Friday morning with a 16 degree wind chill.

Originally tweeted by NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) on August 20, 2021.

We took a tour around CDOT cameras as the sun rose on Friday morning and this is what we found:

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We will add photos to this story as we get them.

How soon could Denver see its first snow? In 2020, the first snow arrived in early September.

On Sept. 7, 2020, Denver hit 93 degrees then dropped to 43 degrees on Sept. 8 with 1 inch of snow.

Here’s a look at the list of the first snowfalls during the last 10 years from the National Weather Service:

  • Sept. 8, 2020
  • Oct. 10, 2019
  • Oct. 6, 2018
  • Oct. 9, 2017
  • Nov. 17, 2016
  • Nov. 5, 2015
  • Nov. 11, 2014
  • Oct. 18, 2013
  • Oct. 5, 2012
  • Oct. 25, 2011

While September snows are possible in Denver, it usually doesn’t snow until the middle of October.

  • The earliest date of the first snow: Sept. 3, 1961
  • The latest date of the first snow: Nov. 21, 1934
  • The average date of the first snow: Oct. 18

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