The snow from Thursday night’s storm is slowing down Friday morning and will clear out quickly, but not before Denver and surrounding areas received their first measurable snow of the season and more snow than expected.
Two main bands of snow Thursday night caused over four inches of snow to fall in some parts of the metro area, said Zach Hiris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder. The first band came into the area around rush hour Thursday, which quickly produced the couple of inches in the area that was forecast, but the second band brought more snow than expected.
“The first wave was expected, and that dropped a couple inches quickly, and then we had that second band come through later that evening closer to about 9 or 10 o’clock which is where we got that extra bit of accumulation for the Denver area,” Hiris said. “Where Denver picked up a lot of its snow was that second band.”
Denver International Airport recorded 4.5 inches of snow by 1:13 a.m., marking the city’s first measurable snow of the season. Arvada recorded four inches by 8:25 p.m. and Englewood recorded 4.1 inches by 2:12 a.m.
Hiris said jet-induced snow bands are harder to predict, which is why Denver received more snow than expected, but the accumulation was not out of the ordinary.
On Friday morning, weak snow band from Grand Junction crossing Summit County and Denver to Fort Morgan is still producing some snow in the mountains and could produce some flurries across the plains, but Hiris said it will mostly just produce flurries in the area and not much of any accumulation.
Friday will warm up to a high of 43 degrees as the clouds clear out of the area, then drop to a 28-degree low before Saturday warms back up to the 60s.