Denver breaks 75-year-old heat record for Nov. 16

DENVER — The temperature reached 80 degrees Wednesday afternoon at Denver International Airport, breaking a 75-year-old heat record for Nov. 16 in the city. But a big change is on the way.

Denver has gone 35 days — since Oct. 12 — without any moisture being recorded at the official reading station at DIA, the city’s official recording station. And that was only .01 of an inch. It has been since July since significant moisture fell in Denver.

A windy storm system will move across Colorado starting late Wednesday. It will then quickly move over the mountains on Thursday and arrive along the Front Range and in Denver midday Thursday.

The storm will bring much colder temperatures along with a strong north wind.

It is possible for some light accumulation in the Denver area, but the ground is very warm and dry.

Thursday’s storm is the best chance to get some much-needed moisture and possibly the first measurable snow of the season in Denver.

In order to be considered a measurable snowfall, the National Weather Service will need to take three readings at DIA and record an average minimum of at least 0.1 of an inch.

With no snow forecast Wednesday, Denver has reached the third-latest snowfall of the season, behind only Nov. 19, 1931 and Nov. 21, 1934.