Is this the last snowfall of the season?

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DENVER — Help us out with a friendly bet between Jeremy Hubbard and Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser.

Mother nature often has trouble deciding what the weather will be like in April. Will the snow and freezing temps of winter stick around or will spring break through and ease us into summer?

So was yesterday/today’s snowstorm the last of the season?  Jeremy thinks so. Dave isn’t so sure.

To help answer this question, we can look to the past.

Vote in our poll. Tweet us @KDVR and answer #FOX31Yes or #FOX31No if you think it’s going to snow again this season.

Averages help. According to the National Weather Service, Denver typically sees about 9 inches of snow in the month of April. So far, this month we have about double that at 18 inches.

Yet the previous two Aprils, the NWS recorded just 1 inch of snow for the whole month.

The average last day for a freeze is May 5. The average last day for snow is April 26.

Here’s a look at the last days for snow for the past 10 years (there are plenty of Aprils):

  • April 3, 2012
  • May 11, 2011
  • May 12, 2010
  • April 27, 2009
  • May 14, 2008
  • April 14, 2007
  • May 10, 2006
  • May 2, 2005
  • April 30, 2004
  • May 10, 2003

April is also a time when we get the largest snow storms of the season. Of the 24 biggest snow storms in Denver, (1881-present) six were in April: Apr 23, 1885; Apr 24-25, 1935; Apr 17-19, 1920; Apr 2, 1957; Apr 20-22, 1933; Apr 26-27, 1972.

Dave says the recent storms we have been getting are a sign that the snow drought is “over.” Although that doesn’t mean this summer we won’t have drought issues, Dave said.

Long-time Coloradoan Jeremy says “nah.”

“It’s almost May and it will be 70 this weekend,” Jeremy said. “I just don’t think there will be any more snow.”

Jeremy “knows a thing or two about Colorado weather,” having been raised in Glenwood Springs and living in Leadville where “we once got snow in the middle of August.”

The two have this bet — this past storm is the last “measurable” snowfall of the season. Dave says “no” — Jeremy says “yes.”

We’ll wait and see.

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