Colorado Fall Weather Forecast | 9news.com

The NOAA forecast does not specifically mention snow, but warmer and drier would imply less chance of snow in the mountains and in the Front Range.

DENVER — Pikes Peak was hit with heavy snowfall on Sunday afternoon, then dusted again on Monday. Several other mountain peaks in the region were also dusted with snow this week.

Recent snow on high mountain peaks could bring hope for snowfall to many who may be tired of what has been one of the hottest summers on record on the Front Range.

Late August, however, is a perfectly normal time to receive that first snowfall above 11,000 feet, and that has no bearing on what may still happen.

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The official fall forecast from NOAA climatologists predicts it will be warmer and drier than average in Colorado. In meteorology, autumn corresponds to all the months of September, October and November.

The temperature outlook map has an intimidating red circle over much of Colorado. This means that there is a 60-70% chance that it will be warmer than average.

The average fall temperature in Denver is 51.5 degrees. In Dillon it is 37.7 degrees. This forecast therefore indicates that the three-month average will be warmer than these averages.

And the precipitation outlook indicates a 40 to 50 percent chance that all of Colorado will have a drier than average fall.

The average precipitation in Denver is 3.18 inches and the average in Dillon is 3.24 inches.

The NOAA forecast does not specifically mention snow, but warmer and drier would imply less chance of snow in the mountains and in the Front Range.

Denver averages 18.6 inches of snow in the fall, with the first average snow falling Oct. 18. Last year marked the first time in the city’s history that there was no measurable snow during the fall months.

Dillon averages 23.8 inches of snow in the fall, with the first average snow falling on October 7.

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Dale D. Schrum