Denver less likely to have snow on Christmas


Any Denverites dreaming of a white Christmas might be out of luck this year.

The National Weather Service in Boulder is forecasting the incoming weekend to be dry and temperatures above freezing. Christmas Day, which is on Sunday, is forecasted to have a high of 50, said meteorologist Russell Danielson.

The best chance of snow on Christmas will really depend on what happens during the cold front that is expected to hit the state and city in the coming days.

An estimated two to five inches of snow are expected to fall Wednesday evening. The snowfall will end by Thursday morning with the rest of the day expected to be dry, Danielson said.

But Thursday is also expected to be very, very cold — as in one of the coldest days in three decades — so it’s still to be determined how quickly the snow will melt.

If there’s more snow, and it doesn’t melt quickly, then just maybe there will still be snow on Christmas Day.

After all, to have a white Christmas — by definition — it only takes an inch or more of snow on the ground on the morning of Dec. 25. And that’s happened 45 times in the last 122 years, Danielson said.


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