Colorado Projected To Go From 100-Degree Heat To Freezing Temperatures And Snow – Forbes

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TOPLINE

The temperature in Denver reached 101 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, the latest day in the year that the Colorado city has ever topped 100 degrees, but a cold front is quickly moving into Colorado that is expected to bring freezing temps and snow to the area by Tuesday morning.

KEY FACTS

The National Weather Service’s Boulder office confirmed Saturday at 4:40 p.m. that the temperature in Denver had reached a record-breaking 101 degrees, which set an all-time high for September.

The mercury hit 97 on Sunday and is predicted to rise above 90 degrees on Monday afternoon as well.

However, forecasters say Tuesday’s overnight low could drop all the way down to 28 degrees, more than 70 degrees colder than Saturday’s high.

The cold front is also likely to bring accumulating snow to the region, as the NWS says a winter storm watch is now in effect for more than 4 million people along much of Colorado’s Front Range.

Up to 6 inches of snowfall is possible in the Denver metro area, with higher elevations seeing as much as 14 inches.

The national record for the shortest gap between a 100-degree day and measurable snow is five days, set in Rapid City, South Dakota, in 2000, according to Brian Brettschneider.

Key Background:

Should temperatures climb above 90 in Denver as expected on Monday afternoon, it would be the 73rd day this year in which temps have been recorded above 90 degrees, tying the all-time record. Such a sudden shift to freezing cold and snow would be “unprecedented really anywhere in the United States,” said Brettschneider. According to CPR News, it’s been 20 years since it snowed in September for much of the Front Range, with the earliest snow on record for Denver coming on Sept. 3, 1961. 

Tangent:

The extreme heatwave in the U.S. this past weekend led to record temperatures in other locations and power outages in several California cities on Saturday. On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation lifting restrictions on power plants to allow them to generate more energy to avoid potential blackouts. 

Further Reading:

Wildfire Rescues, A Heatwave And Potential Blackouts Plague California (Forbes) 

From 100 Degrees To Snow, Colorado’s Dramatic Weather Forecast Could Be One For The National Record Books (CPR News) 

Heat wave in West bringing wildfire threat as Colorado prepares for winter storm (Fox News)

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