DENVER – Unseasonably warm weather Thursday is allowing Denver, Colorado, to add to its more than 200-day streak without snow, putting it close to breaking the all-time snowless record that has stood for more than a century.
The Mile High City last received measurable snow on April 21, meaning the city that averages nearly 60 inches of snow each year has gone 225 days without it. That ties its second-longest snowless streak that dates to 1888.
The longest Denver has gone without snow is 232 days, which happened in 1887. That record is within striking distance with just seven days to go.
Not just snow records
A large dome of high pressure has settled across the western U.S. this week and is producing unseasonably warm conditions across the bulk of the country.
The Denver area is no exception. High temperatures have been running some 20-30 degrees above average the past few days.
According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Colorado, the Mile High City tied its record high of 73 degrees on Wednesday. That record was originally set in 1973.
A high temperature of 75 degrees is forecast for Thursday in Denver. The record high for the day is 74 degrees set in 1885.
An end in sight?
The NWS forecast calls for a big change in the weather pattern early next week.
Rain changing to snow is possible Monday night, with a chance of snow sticking around through Tuesday.