The NWS has a staggering 10 inches of snow falling on Denver, CO Sunday through Monday morning, an accumulation which would be the area’s largest October snowfall in 22 years. Also, Kansas City, MO is forecast to bust a 106 year-old snow record.
While October snow is common along the Front Range –with Denver averaging its first flurries on Oct 18, and the city averaging over 4 inches each October– a snowfall of this weekend’s magnitude is very rare.
According to the books, Denver hasn’t seen 6 inches during the month of October since 2011, when a total of 8.5 inches of snow fell. And if we assume for a minute that this weekend’s snowstorm hits the mark and indeed brings 10+ inches, it would make it Denver’s first double-digit October snowfall in 22 years, and the first 10+ inches single-day October snowfall since 1997 (solar minimum of cycle 22).
At Denver’s Stapleton Airport, 5 inches of snow has fallen so far this month — a number that appears to correlate with the rest of the metro area. And this weekend’s forecast totals are on course to triple that, with a Winter Storm Watch in effect.
Heading east, Kansas City could be on for its second consecutive year of rare October snow. Last year, KC experienced it’s earliest snowfall on record when 0.2″ fell on Oct 14.
After checking with record books dating back 132-years, Kansas City has only-ever witnessed 10 measurable snow-events in the month of October, and only once has it happened in back to back years — 1912 and 1913 (solar minimum of cycle 14).
With the NWS forecasting snow next week, it could happen again:
The cold times are returning in line with historically low solar activity.
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