Denver is in for a rainy — and snowy — start to the week, and the city is poised to surpass the total amount of precipitation received all last year, according to the National Weather Service at Boulder.
In all of 2020, Denver received just 8.74 inches of precipitation, meteorologist Russell Danielson said Sunday. So far this year, the city has seen 7.77 inches, and a wet start to the week will bring at least another inch.
“We are expecting an inch to an inch-and-a-half of liquid out of this storm, so it would put us beyond last year’s total precipitation for the entire year,” Danielson said.
Denver area residents should expect to see rain showers Sunday afternoon followed by a rainy Monday with a potential thunderstorm. On Monday night, the storm is expected to become turn into snow, or perhaps a rain-snow mix, before rain showers return Tuesday afternoon.
Forecasters are not expecting much snow accumulation, but Tuesday morning could be “slushy,” Danielson said.
Gardeners will want to cover their plants Tuesday night as temperatures are expected to drop to near-freezing, but sunshine will return Wednesday and temperatures will climb going into the weekend, with highs around 78 degrees.
The wet start to the year was driven in large part by the March blizzard that dumped two feet of snow on the city, Danielson said.
“And we’ve just continued to be very wet with different snow storms and rain storms over the last 30 days,” he said.
The cool and wet weather has been seen across northeast Colorado, Danielson said, but the rest of the state remains dry and in a drought.
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