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Denver's precipitation-free January comes to an end after half-inch of snow falls at airport

Posted at 7:10 AM, Jan 28, 2020

DENVER – The city’s precipitation-free January came to an end Monday, though the meager snowfall at Denver International Airport didn’t do much to satiate those who are craving a snowy winter.

The airport received a half-inch of snow between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday – leading to a whopping total of 0.13 inches of precipitation for the day, the National Weather Service in Boulder said.

While it wasn’t much, it was the first measurable snowfall in 2020 for Denver. Prior to Monday, the airport had not received measurable precipitation of any sort in the previous 30 days, according to the NWS. December was dry in Denver as well after heavy snow fell in both October and November in the city.

Despite the lack of snow over the past two months, the snowfall drought that ended Monday didn’t even make the top 20 stretches the city has seen without precipitation over the past 138 years. There have been several winters that have seen stretches of more than 37 days without precipitation of any sort, including a 52-day stretch that ended Jan. 23, 1934, according to the NWS.

While Tuesday is expected to be dry and mild in Denver, we could see some scattered light rain and snow showers on Wednesday.