DENVER (KDVR) — Temperatures have been in the 80s and 90s in Denver but it won’t be long before the first freeze arrives. It could be here in as early as 16 days, based on history.

The average date of the first freeze of the season in Denver is Oct. 7. The earliest first freeze on record was Sept. 8, 1962. The record for the latest first freeze was Nov. 15, 1944.

First freezes

Here is a look at the first freeze dates for the last 10 years, according to the National Weather Service:

  • 2021: Oct. 13
  • 2020: Sept. 8
  • 2019: Oct. 9
  • 2018: Oct. 10
  • 2017: Oct. 9
  • 2016: Oct. 6
  • 2015: Oct. 28
  • 2014: Oct. 3
  • 2013: Oct. 4
  • 2012: Oct. 5

Earliest Freeze

Here is a look at the top five earliest first freeze dates in Denver history, according to NWS:

  • Sept. 8, 2020
  • Sept. 8, 1962
  • Sept. 11, 1898
  • Sept. 12, 1902
  • Sept. 14, 1876

Latest first freeze dates

Here is a look at the five latest first freeze dates in Denver history, according to NWS:

  • Nov. 15, 1944
  • Nov. 6, 1924
  • Nov. 4, 1940
  • Oct. 30, 1974
  • Oct. 29, 1941

The Pinpoint Weather team said a rare triple-dip La Niña will dominate winter. The average date of the first snowfall in Denver is Oct. 18.

The first measurable snowfall of the 2021 season did not arrive until Dec. 10, which is the latest first snowfall on record.

On the flip side, the first measurable snowfall of the 2020 winter season came on Sept. 8, which is tied for the second earliest snowfall on record. 

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