This year has been one for the books - Old Man Winter really shows his hand this year, and we saw upwards of 57" of snow, versus only 24" in 2018. The storm this week Monday into Tuesday (mind you was 5/20) produced 20" in Black Forest - which is right outside Colorado Springs. It has been 17 years since we have seen measurable snow this last in the year!
When we see these late storms, it is always heavy wet snow, which damages trees and in some cases, kills them. We saw a few uprooted trees and many broken branches throughout the City. Some of the softer wood trees had the most trouble. Driving down the major thoroughfares yesterday, we saw many arborists cleaning up branches that had fallen on or near the streets.
For those contemplating a move to the Denver metro area - there have been many years where we can barbeque Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners outdoors, due to very warm temperatures. IF we see snow, typically by noon the next day, it has melted, or at least the snow in the sun. With years of low snowfall, we usually experience drought and forest fires, so these years of seeing many snowfalls in a week may be the best for Colorado. Forest fires have taken many lives and homes and pushed up the insurance rates in wooded areas in the mountains. (if Buyers are thinking of buying in wooded areas, you may want to call your insurance agent!) If you do buy in wooded areas, just know you will need to keep the grounds mitigated for pine needles, as they are tinder for a fire.
Always good to go out during the storm if it is coming down hard, and shake off the accumulating snow, so you won't have tree damage!
Today is a new day, and we expect a 72-degree day, and barely have any "white stuff" anywhere to be seen.....