Nov 21, 2023 - Climate

Possible snow and bitterly cold temps ahead this Thanksgiving weekend in Denver

Illustration of a knife and fork buried in snow

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Below-freezing temperatures and possible snow could snarl Thanksgiving travel around Denver this holiday weekend.

What to know: The National Weather Service on Tuesday morning predicted a roughly 80% chance of snow beginning late Thanksgiving night, through Friday, and possibly into early Saturday.

Yes, but: With snowfall being a rarity in Denver on Turkey Day, this could still become the snowiest Thanksgiving the city has seen in 36 years, 9News reports.

  • Denver has only had more than 1 inch of snow on Thanksgiving three times in 74 years. The largest storm was in 1987, when 5 inches were recorded.

What else: Be sure to bundle up. A brisk cold front moving through this weekend will bring bitterly cold temperatures across the area.

  • The highs on Friday and Saturday are expected to remain below freezing, hovering around the mid-20s mark.
  • If you're headed to Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday for the Denver Broncos game, you'll be relieved to know temperatures are expected to creep back up, a bit, near the low 40s.

The big picture: A series of storms are poised to strike a large portion of the U.S. this week — including the heavily populated Northeast, likely causing Thanksgiving holiday travel disruptions for some 54.4 million people, Axios' Jacob Knutson writes.


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