Denver double whammy: second 6” snowstorm in week


Lindsay Vassar brushes snow from her automobile in Denver on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. A fast-moving snowstorm caused blizzard conditions in parts of eastern Colorado. The mountains west of Denver also received heavy snow. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

Snow began between 8-9 p.m. last night local time and fell steadily through around 11 a.m. local time this morning. Intensity was generally light with some moderate to heavy bursts. Winds from the north at 15-25 mph accompanied the snow with sometimes higher gusts.

The heaviest amounts fell south of the city according to the Denver Post, where around a foot of snow piled up and blizzard conditions were reported. To Denver’s north, Boulder reported 8-9”and the Ft. Collins area picked up around 7-8”.

Full list of snowfall reports in Denver/Boulder area

In Denver, snow is not at all unusual at this time of year, or in October for that matter. November is the city’s second snowiest month, when it averages almost 11 inches. The average October snowfall is 4.1”

The snow has now moved out of Denver and is targeting much of central and western Kansas where winter weather advisories and blizzard warnings (extreme northwest section) are in effect.

Unlike last week’s storm, the present is not forecast to bring wintry weather to the East late in the week. Instead, it will lack a cold air suppply as it treks across the country. By Thursday, it will have turned into a mere rainstorm. When it reaches the Southeast U.S., it will be shunted south by an area of high pressure and head out to sea rather than turning up the East Coast.

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Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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