Snow hits Denver two weeks earlier than usual

Snow was falling across Denver on the morning of Oct. 5, 2012. It may be back later in the evening.

Snow was falling across Denver on the morning of Oct. 5, 2012. It may be back later in the evening.

DENVER — Many Denver residents awoke Friday morning with visions of the weekend dancing in their heads. For some, those imaginary images faded when they looked out their window and saw a literally cold reality.

Snow!

The first snow of the season fell in Denver Friday morning, making the first Friday of October a bit of a rarity, as the average first snow in Denver doesn’t come until Oct. 19. Temperatures also dropped below freezing Friday — another first for the season.

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According to meteorologist Jennifer Broome, the storm is the first of two disturbances that began moving across the state Friday. The first one is responsible for the rain and snow showers Friday morning. The second is expected to come Friday night, and it too will likely produce snow showers from the Foothills to the plains.

Northeast Colorado is expected to get the most snow, according to Broome, with accumulations on grassy and exposed areas. Unfortunately for skiers, the mountains are running a little warmer, and that’s the case for the second straight day. The high country’s ski areas are expected to see little if any snow Friday. 

High temperatures are expected to get up to 46 degrees Friday before plunging to a low of 27 in the evening, according to Broome. On Saturday, expected more of the same — only colder. Broome doesn’t expect highs to get out of the 40s on Saturday.

Warmer, fall-like temperatures are expected to creep back into the forecast on Sunday.