Denver not far from setting record for latest first snow of the season

The latest date for the first measurable snow in Denver is November 21, 1934.

There is more snow in the forecast for the Colorado Rockies, but Denver remains dry as the city has yet to receive measurable snow.

It begs the question, "Where is the snow in Denver?" This is especially true if you are one of the many transplants that moved to the state for its wonderful winters.

While the Mile High City hasn't broken any records, it isn't far off. 

Whether you moved here for the weather or something else … It is unusual for it to be this late in the year without the ground being covered in the fluffy white stuff. 

Denver snow statistics

The average date for the first measurable snow is October 18th. 

The latest date for the first measurable snow in Denver is November 21, 1934. 

There have only been three years in the last ten with measurable snow in November – 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

The first measurable snowfall dates in the past ten years:

  • 2020 – September 8
  • 2019 – October 10
  • 2018 – October 6
  • 2017 – October 9
  • 2016 – November 17
  • 2015 – November 5
  • 2014 – November 11
  • 2013 – October 18
  • 2012 – October 5
  • 2011 – October 25

The latest first measurable snows on record: 

  • November 21, 1934
  • November 19, 1931
  • November 17, 2016
  • November 16, 1894
  • November 15, 2010
  • November 15, 1988
  • November 15, 1987
  • November 15, 1902

So when will the flakes fly?

Denver finally has a chance for a rain-snow mix on Thursday night, but temperatures will determine if a full changeover to snow happens. 

Even local meteorologists in the Denver area are sharing model runs that are more than a week out with hopes that they can deliver on the first snow forecast to their impatient viewers. 

If those model runs were to verify, a week from Thanksgiving is when Denver could see its first measurable snow. But, no meteorologist has a crystal ball that clear to make a forecast so far in advance.