Overnight Snow Was Preceded by Highs in the 60s Tuesday

Last night's snow was probably not as much as some would have hoped for, and likely more than others had hoped for, but it was a pretty good, quick-hitting system nonetheless.

Highs Tuesday peaked in the lower 60s across the metro area (64 degrees downtown, and 61 degrees officially at DIA). Within seven hours of those highs we had rain changing to heavy snow, bringing accumulating snowfall up and down the Front Range Tuesday night.

Totals ranged from about 1 to 6 inches, depending on when the rain changed to snow and how warm surfaces were at the onset. Central Denver received about 2 to 3 inches of snow. This was well within our forecast range (2 - 6" for DEN, with a BI of 7), but on the lower end for many. Important to note, that while these were the recorded totals, a lot of melting has already taken place -- almost as fast as it fell given the warm ground temperatures.

Today temperatures rebound nicely. We'll see highs in the mid 40s to near 50 degrees for most locales, with mostly sunny skies.

NWS spotter reports as of 7am March 5:

  • 7.1" 4 miles NE Ward
  • 4.8" Bergen Park
  • 4.2" 1 mile SSE Evergreen
  • 3.0" Federal Heights
  • 2.5" Baker, Denver
  • 2.3" Broomfield

Last night the snow fell hard at times. Here are a few clips (B-Roll!) from around Denver last night.

Brendan Heberton

Brendan is founder of Weather5280. He is co-founder of FreshyMap, and develops software for geospatial data analysis and visualization.

Denver, Colorado
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