Denver had snowiest winter since 2015-16 season

After 1.9 inches of official snowfall from Thursday’s storm, Denver will finish with an above-average snowfall season for the first time in four years, according to official National Weather Service observations from Denver International Airport.

With this week’s snow totals now fully measured, Denver is officially at 57.6 inches of seasonal snowfall through Thursday. That makes it Denver’s snowiest winter since 2015-16, and the third-snowiest winter over the past decade.

There are numerous caveats with this stat, however: DIA, of course, is about 25 miles from downtown. That distance is often big enough to lead to big differences in snowfall totals.

For example, DIA’s 1.9-inch official total paled in comparison with what much of the metro area actually ended up with on Thursday. Most parts of the Denver metro area saw closer to 4-8 inches of accumulation, and Boulder and other foothill locations had more than a foot of snowfall.

At Denver’s more centrally-located Stapleton Airport weather observation site, 71.4 inches of seasonal snowfall had fallen through Thursday, including 5.9 inches this week. That makes it that observation site’s snowiest year since 2015-16, as well and it also makes it the third-snowiest year at Stapleton over the last 20 years, according to data from the National Weather Service.

That’s still not impressive when compared to Boulder, which had at least 145 inches of seasonal snowfall, through Thursday evening, when it clinched its snowiest winter on record.

No snow is in the forecast, however, with temperatures rebounding back into the 60s by the end of the weekend and into early next week.

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