Just days after the official AccuWeather.com winter forecast was released with an expectation of shots of frigid air and snow for Denver, this weekend is starting with snow making an appearance across Colorado's I-25 corridor.
Residents in not just Denver, but also Colorado Springs and even northward to Cheyenne, Wyo., woke up to snowflakes this morning.
More snow is expected through the afternoon as the same storm system delivering much-needed rainfall (though at a cost) to the southern Plains slides northward.
With temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark, the snow will not be able to stick to Interstate 25 and other area roads.
However, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dan Baker reports the snow has and will continue to whiten some grassy and elevated surfaces. Snow totals in Denver should remain at or below an inch.
Web cameras from the Colorado Department of Transportation confirm that the snow is also not coating roads in the neighboring foothills, according to Baker.
The highest terrain of the Colorado Rockies is where 6 to 12 inches of snow through this evening is threatening to significantly impact travelers.
Today's snow is a dramatic change from the 80-degree warmth Denver and surrounding cities enjoyed earlier this week and even Friday's mild highs in the 60s.
Blustery winds are not only adding to the chill, but also making today even less than desirable to be outdoors.
The wintry weather will not last long. As the storm system slowly departs, drier weather will return and temperatures will moderate on Sunday.
That is good news for those football fans headed to watch the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers Sunday afternoon who are not ready to bundle up just yet.
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East Coast (1932)
Coastal storm produces record low pressures: Norfolk, VA, 28.35"; Washington, DC, 28.67"; Atlantic City, NJ, 28.20"; Boston, MA, 28.45". All were station records; accompanying winds were not high and caused little damage.
Northern Plains (1983)
Minot, ND had 6" of snow, Bismarck, ND had 7" of new snow and Mobridge, SD had 6" of new snow.
Des Moines, IA (1990)
Severe ice storm left 270,000 people without power. Rural areas outside Des Moines had no power for a week.