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Denver in its third-least snowy season to date

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DENVER — The current snowfall season is the third-least on record for the city since record keeping began in the late 1800s.

The years 1888-89, 1944-45 and 2017-18 are the top three on the list of lowest snowfall totals through mid-January.

This year’s total is 7.5 inches, which is only 31 percent of the average.

In the 1888-89 season, things never really recovered. That season ended with only 21.3 inches and is Denver’s least snowy season recorded.

Whereas 1944-45 had a very snowy April to push that season to more than 51 inches, which is nearly normal.

In an average year, Denver will have 57 inches of snowfall.

Denver has had four measurement locations for snowfall. From the 1800s to 1949, snow was measured at two sites downtown, then at Stapleton International Airport, then at Denver International Airport starting in 2008.

The window of opportunity might be about to open to allow snowfall for Denver.

The second half of January and the first week or two of February might produce more chances for snowfall for the city.

The storm track is likely to be more active during that time. The next system to impact the area, with snowfall included, will be this weekend.

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