Precipitation Numbers Look Good for Denver Area & Front Range

Fall was particularly dry for most of the state. This included September, October, and November. However, better snows (and oddly some rains) fell through December and January to help get us back on track. That said, southern Colorado needs a great deal of moisture to catch up with the rest of us.

The state's precipitation from September through today is depicted n this interactive map. I did filter out the CoCoRAHS stations that looked to be poor reporters, with amounts that didn't fit their surroundings.

For Denver, December and January both had above average snowfall and now it appears that February will do the same. Since December 1st, Denver is 0.61" wetter than average. 12" of snow fell in December (average is 8.2") and 7.2" fell in January (average is 6.6"). February is currently at 6.7" of snowfall (average is 7.5"), and we'll certainly add to that total with the upcoming storm pattern looking more active.

With this wetter pattern of winter, we are making up for the shortcomings of the fall precipitation. The pattern does favor continued above average precipitation for the northern Front Range and will also be more beneficial to the southern mountains that clearly need additional moisture:
NRCS Snotel Water Equivalent

We are currently running through all the models of the upcoming system for the weekend. We will post that update next. Snow lovers, we think you'll be encouraged.

Matt Makens

Matt Makens has won 5 Emmys for his weather coverage. He has the seal of approval from the NWA and is a certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the AMS. He works for Colorado's Own Ch 2.

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