Denver Gets Hit with Snow Weather in October

Denver WeatherDenver got an early taste of winter on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 with more than 6 inches of snow on the ground for the morning commute. The snow is expected to continue in Colorado through the day with up to 14 inches total is expected. Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL), Colorado’s biggest power provider, reported that more than 98,000 customers were affected by electricity outages and have no power. United Power says 300 of their customers are without power too.

Many schools, including University of Northern Colorado in Greenley and highways were closed because of the power outages and with so many traffic accidents. This snow storm caused a portion of Interstate 80 to be shut down in Utah and Wyoming between Laramine and Cheyenne.

Many trees in the Colorado area still have their fall foliage on them so they held onto the snow like buckets, which resulted in branches snapping off. The falling branches took down power lines.

Denver International Airport reported minimal delays for flights. Only the planes needing deicing before they took off.

Welcome to strange midwest weather. Denver just set a new record this Monday, October 24, 2011 with 80 degrees. Now on this Wednesday, they have around a foot of snow on the ground. Usually Denver averages only about four inches of snow in October. This isn’t the worse early winter they’ve had though. In October 1997, a blizzard shut down the city with over 20 inches of snow falling with whipping winds causing hard to see conditions.

Reported from The Denver Channel, here are the latest snow totals in Colorado and their source with time the measurement was taken:

  • 18.2 inches in Jamestown (National Weather Service, 10:25 a.m.)
  • 14 inches in Wellington (NWS, 6 a.m.)
  • 14 inches in Estes Park (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network 7 a.m.)
  • 13.5 inches in Nederland (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 12.5 inches in Greeley (NWS 10:50 a.m.)
  • 12.5 inches in Livermore (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 12 inches in Eaton (Viewer July 7 a.m.)
  • 12 inches in Johnstown (Viewer 5:30 a.m.)
  • 11 inches in Georgetown (NWS 8 a.m.)
  • 11 inches in Berthoud (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 10 inches in Longmont and Windsor (CoCoRahs, 8 a.m.)
  • 10-12 inches in Milliken (Viewer Deb Hartley 7 a.m.)
  • 10.5 inches in Brookvale (NWS at 9 a.m.)
  • 10.3 inches in Genesee (NWS 10:12 a.m.)
  • 10 inches in Golden (CoCoRahs 8:30 a.m.)
  • 10 inches in Fairplay (NWS at 10:20 a.m.)
  • 10 inches in Aspen Springs (NWS 10:20 a.m.)
  • 9.5 inches in Idaho Springs (CoCoRahs 8:45 a.m.)
  • 9.5 inches in Boulder (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 9.5 inches in Evergreen (NWS at 10:50 a.m.)
  • 9 inches in Bailey (CoCoRahs, 8 a.m.)
  • 9 inches in Fort Collins (CoCoRahs 9 a.m.)
  • 9 inches in Loveland (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 8.9 inches in Aspen Springs (NWS at 6:58 a.m.)
  • 8 inches in Dillon (CoCoRahs, 8 a.m.)
  • 8 inches in Four Corners (NWS at 7 a.m.)
  • 8 inches in Niwot (NWS at 7 a.m.)
  • 8 inches in Bergen Park (NWS at 9 a.m.)
  • 8 inches in Green Mountain Reservoir (NWS 8 a.m.)
  • 7.6 inches in Tinmath (CoCoRahs 7:30 a.m.)
  • 7 inches in Grant (NWS 7:30 a.m.)
  • 7 inches in Erie (NWS at 8:52 a.m.)
  • 6.9 inches in Westminster (NWS 9:45 a.m.)
  • 6.8 inches in Cowdrey (CoCoRahs 9:30 a.m.)
  • 6.6 inches in Granby (CoCoRahs 9 a.m.)
  • 7.5 inches in Nunn (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 7 inches in Broomfield (CoCoRahs 11 am)
  • 7.2 inches in Frederick (NWS 10:13 a.m.)
  • 6.5 inches in Superior (CoCoRahs 7:30 a.m.)
  • 6 inches in Frisco (CoCoRahs 7 a.m.)
  • 6 inches in Pine (CoCoRahs 9 a.m.)
  • 6 inches in Lakewood (CoCoRahs 8:30 a.m.)
  • 6 inches in Brush (CoCoRahs 7:30 a.m.)
  • 5.8 inches in Lafayette (NWS 6:20 a.m.)
  • 5 inches in White Ranch (NWS 7:40 a.m.)
  • 5 inches in Pinecliff (NWS at 7:20 a.m.)
  • 5 inches in Aurora (NWS at 9:25 a.m.)
  • 5 inches in Brighton (NWS at 9 a.m)
  • 5 inches in Denver, Ken Caryl (CoCoRahs, 8 a.m.)
  • 4.7 inches in Northglenn (NWS 8 a.m.)
  • 4.6 inches in Cherry Creek Reservoir (CoCoRahs 9 a.m.)
  • 4.5 inches in Castle Rock (CoCoRahs 8:45 a.m.)
  • 4.1 inches in Thornton (NWS at 6:30 a.m)
  • 4 inches in Elizabeth (NWS 7:10 a.m.)
  • 4 inches in Sterling (Viewer Felicia Hielscher 6:30 a.m.)
  • 4 inches in Breckenridge (CoCoRahs 8:30 a.m.)
  • 4 inches in Castle Rock (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 3.7 inches in Kiowa (CoCoRahs 8:38 a.m.)
  • 3.7 inches in Parker (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 3.5 inches in Louisville (NWS at 2 a.m.)
  • 3.3 inches in Castle Pines (NWS 7 a.m.)
  • 3.2 inches in Monument (CoCoRahs 8 a.m.)
  • 3 inches in Reunion (Viewer Zachary Bergstrom 6:30 a.m.)
  • 2.6 inches in Colorado Springs (CoCoRahs 8:15 a.m.)
  • 2 inches in Antero Reservoir (NWS at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Dusting in Highlands Ranch (Jamie McNamara 7:30 a.m.)

 

Image Credit: The Weather Channel

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