Colorado weather: Foothills, Palmer Divide get June snow in Colorado

Imagine all the “only in 2020” memes if Denver had been about 10 degrees colder on Tuesday morning.

Snow fell as low as about 7,000 feet in elevation, leading to slush along parts of the Palmer Divide and in some of the higher foothills as well. Accumulating snow was measured at about 7,000 feet or above in places like Bailey, Woodland Park and near Larkspur.

Snowflakes likely fell a bit lower than that, perhaps as low as 6,500 feet, but it did not appear to accumulate at any areas below 7,000 feet.

You had to really head up in elevation to find significant accumulations, where some spots picked up closer to half a foot of mid-June snow.

A sharp cold front — one that dropped temperatures 12 degrees in just five minutes as it blew through Denver on Monday night — plunged temperatures along the Front Range. After highs in the 90s over the weekend in Denver, temperatures bottomed out at 42 degrees on Tuesday morning, along with about a half-inch of needed rainfall.

Despite the beneficial rain, though, Denver is still running more than an inch below average on year-to-date precipitation. Including Tuesday morning’s rain, Denver had about five inches of precipitation since the start of the year, compared to the 6.20 inches year-to-date average.

But, at least it didn’t snow.

For the record, Denver’s latest snow on record took place on June 12, 1947. On Tuesday, Denver came reasonably close to challenging that.

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