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Photos: Denver sees first snowfall after breaking 87-year-old record

The official measurement at the Denver International Airport was three-tenths of an inch

Cheesman Park is seen in Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2021, after snowfall. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

Story by The Associated Press

Photos by Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun

Denver finally saw its first snowfall of the season on Friday, shattering an 87-year-old record for the latest first snow.

It wasn’t much: The official measurement at the Denver International Airport was three-tenths of an inch, according to Jim Kalina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2021, after snowfall. Denver broke its streak of 232 consecutive days without snow on Friday with 0.3 inches recorded at Denver International Airport. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)
Firethorn trees in Capitol Hill after snowfall on Dec. 10, 2021. Denver’s longest snowless streak recorded was 235 days in 1887. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

Before Friday, the Mile High City’s latest first snow was on Nov. 21, 1934.

Kalina said the Denver metro region is experiencing extended La Nina weather patterns which tend to produce drier weather. And much of the U.S. West is experiencing a megadrought that studies link to human-caused climate change.

A pedestrian walks through Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2021, after snowfall. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)
Denver broke its streak of 232 consecutive days without snow on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, with 0.3 inches recorded at Denver International Airport. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

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Yes, it hasn’t snowed yet in Denver. But it’s Colorado’s meager snowpack that should worry you.

Climate scientists and meteorologists warn that the prolonged drought and lack of snow could threaten water supply and agriculture.

Denver broke its streak of 232 consecutive days without snow on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, with 0.3 inches recorded at Denver International Airport. The city’s longest snowless streak recorded was 235 days in 1887. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

In Utah, where Salt Lake City went snowless through November for only the second time since 1976, the first snowstorm hit this week to ensure the city didn’t match the record for the latest snowfall on record. That was set twice on Christmas Day in 1939 and 1943.

Denver broke its streak of 232 consecutive days without snow on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, with 0.3 inches recorded at Denver International Airport. The city’s longest snowless streak recorded was 235 days in 1887. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

As the winter storms start dumping snow, states may see the effects of a lack of snowplow drivers due to the nationwide labor shortage.

Cheesman Park on Dec. 10, 2021, after snowfall. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

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