Oct. 5, 2012
Friday morning, the city has seen slick and dangerous roadways throughout the day. Though more snow is not likely this evening for the city itself, higher altitudes surrounding the city may receive a second round late Saturday morning and into the early afternoon.
As cold air continues to drive southward, the first snow of the season has arrived for the Denver area.
There could be enough snow and falling temperatures to make for slippery spots into Saturday.
Advancing cold air will turn uphill along the eastern Plains and along the Front Range of Colorado this weekend, just as a disturbance in the upper atmosphere comes sailing by.
The combination of the two may be just enough not only to bring the first snowflakes of the season, but also the first accumulating snow away from the high country. (Last month, pockets of chilly air aloft brought a bit of snow to the some of the high country of the Rockies).
A few inches could fall on some of the foothills and the east-facing slopes of the Front Range.
During Wednesday, the first snow away from the high country fell on portions of Montana and western North Dakota. That storm was clobbering eastern North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and neighboring Canada Thursday.
Other cities that could experience a bit of snow and slippery travel areas include Colorado Springs and Cheyenne, Wyo.
Much colder air will push in during and following the snow, setting the stage for a freeze and an end to the growing season for folks with vegetable gardens and flower enthusiasts.
A Blue Norther will sweep across Oklahoma and Texas into Saturday.
Some of the higher elevations of the Northeast could also receive their first snow of the season later this weekend from part of the same disturbance.
This will not be the earliest snow on record for Denver. That title belongs to Sept. 3, 1961, when 4.2 inches of snow fell.
According to the National Weather Service in Denver, there has been snow as early as Oct. 5, 2001, and Sept. 23, 2000.
The average date of the first measurable snow is Oct. 25.
A train of storms will continue to deliver rain to the Pacific Northwest with one particular storm this weekend likely to be the strongest of the bunch.
A major storm centered on Christmas Eve will affect the Midwest and East with areas of strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain and thunderstorms.
With many winter storms lined up, snow will create a wintry setting for Christmas in some areas.
Several fast-moving storm systems will bring unsettled weather to the British Isles and northern Europe this week.
A potent cold front will bring much cooler air and a flood threat to parts of South America this weekend.
In a rare event late last week, visitors to Grand Canyon National Park were able to see fog roll into the canyon like a tide, blanketing the popular tourist attraction.
Southern Illinois (1957)
A tornado tracked across Jackson, Williamson and Franklin counties, killing 11 people.
Record snowfall: Spokane, WA - 20.9"; Yakima, WA - 21.4".
Bennet Bridge, NY (1975)
Lake effect snowburst; 34" snow.