Winter is coming! Denver sees its heaviest snowfall in October for 147 YEARS as temperatures plummet to 21 degrees and 6.7 inches of the white stuff blankets Colorado just 24 hours after the state bathed in 77-degree sunshine
- Colorado received the season’s first snowfall early Thursday morning
- This sudden temperature drop marks the largest climate plunge, dropping nearly 50 degrees from the 70s to the 20s
- The sudden snowfall had several unexpected repercussions, like nearly 100 car crashes, shutdown roadways and delayed flights at the Denver International Airport
- The snow is expected to begin clearing up as early as Thursday afternoon and be
Colorado received it’s first burst of seasonal snow as temperatures suddenly and dramatically plunged by as much as 50 degrees in some parts of the states.
Coloradans went from enjoying a sunny 77 degree high to bundling up in layers of winter clothes when the temperature dropped to a startling 21 degrees in just 24 hours.
This sudden season switch has become Denver’s biggest October reverse in history, rivaling the largest temperature drop in 1872.
Parts of Colorado, including Denver, were hit with a sudden chill factor and snowfall on Thursday morning (pictured)
Slick roads and ice caused the several traffic accidents, roadway shutdowns and the Denver International Airport to delay flights
Russell Danielson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder, told the Washington Post: ‘That’s our largest one-day temperature change in October on record.’
‘We tell people around here to dress in layers, because sometimes you get summer and winter in the same day.’
The snowfall, which has amassed from one to three inches in the metro area, will dissipate through Thursday afternoon but the chilly weather will remain into the early weekend.
Due to the unexpected whiteout, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground delay at the Denver International Airport.
Temperatures dropped around 50 degrees in some areas, with Denver starting near the 70s and ending up in the 20s
Several car crashes, traffic incidents and closed roadways occurred because of the ice and slick road conditions CBS Denver reports.
Around 8am, the Wheat Ridge police reported a five car crash on EB I70 because of the slippery conditions.
According to the Denver Post, 96 crashes were reported in the city between 6am and 9am.
Maps and weather graphs (pictured) show the dramatic and sudden drop that happened in 24 hours
In other parts of Colorado, snow will continue to fall in the foothills Jefferson, Boulder and Larmier Counties.
Places like Evergreen, Genesee and Nederland can expect even more snowfall reaching even higher amounts.
Estes Park saw 6.7 inches of snow as of 11am Thursday.
Stunned residents took to social media to show off the chilly climate.
One social media user shared a side-by-side photo of Peck Elementary School with the warm Wednesday weather and the freezing Thursday snowfall
The US Air Force Academy shared a picture of Falcon Stadium (pictured) where the entire field was blanketed in snow
One user posted a side-by-side tweet showing the drastic Colorado weather change.
What was once a sunny day with beautiful grass turned into a winter wonderland.
The US Air Force Academy shared a picture of Falcon Stadium stadium in Colorado Springs bathed in a blanket of snow.
Coloradans can expect to reach the 70s again next week.