Official Snowfall Total for Denver Greatest in Years, Monthly Snowfall Above Average Too

What a storm! Totals across the metro area ranged from just a Trace to nearly 9", with the greatest totals being found across the southern and eastern portions of the metro area.

Denver International Airport recorded 8.3" of snow. This is the greatest storm total since April of 2016, and brings the monthly snowfall total to 13.4" in Denver, nearly double the monthly average for February of 7.7". This will be the first time in 26 months that the city will end the month with above average totals. Remarkable!

If you are a Weather5280 Insider you know that the 2014-15 season is a top analog we've been using for our winter forecast this year. With this storm, this February has become the snowiest February since 2015 –– which was the city's snowiest on recorded, with 22.4" of snow that year. How about that?

Below is a snapshot of totals from across the area, with an interactive version of the map here.

And below is the interpolated snowfall totals map for the last 48 hours. We clearly ended up a bit low for areas that saw those 6 - 8" totals, but overall the right idea with the forecast. The northern Front Range really missed (again) on this storm, with Denver and points south and east doing quite well. We were right to jump on higher totals yesterday... but in the end clearly should have gone a bit higher in a few spots.

Interpolated snowfall totals

Quick look ahead
The next 10 days, which takes us to March 5 if you can believe it, continue to look much like the month to date has looked – chilly! This is especially true for the High Plains, but it does look that overall much of Eastern Colorado will have a bias toward cold as well. For the I-25 urban corridor it could be we see more warmth in the coming days than depicted here as the flow turns more zonal for a time... but east across the plains should continue to see the push of cold over the next 10 days.

Here's a look at the month-to-date temperature departures from average:

And below the Euro ensemble mean forecast for the next 10 days. More cold pushing east than we've seen for much of February, but plenty of cold clinging on for our region to end the month and start March it appears:

For Denver specifically, we see a drying and warming trend to end the weekend and start next week. Highs by Tuesday may climb into the upper 50s, with mostly sunny skies forecast for much of the week. The GEFS shows how things may turn more unsettled and colder to start March, however, with the Euro showing a similar thing (10 temperature forecast top, ensemble precipitation forecast bottom):

Enjoy the sunshine, and stay tuned!

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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