Denver barely missed its snowiest March ever. Here’s where it fell.
We came close to setting some records in Denver in March. March 2021 will go down as the second snowiest March of all time, and places second in precipitation.
The most snow Denver has ever seen in March was 35.2 inches. That happened in 2003. March 2021 was just shy of that with 34.0 inches of snow. The average snowfall in March for Denver is 10.7 inches.
March 10-27 brought the active weather patterns. Cooler temperatures and several storm systems moved across the region during that time. The biggest and most memorable came through March 13-14. Strong winds and snow created blizzard conditions around the Denver area. The official snow total for Denver was 27.1 inches. It was the 4th largest storm on record for the city, since 1882.
Denver measured 3.80 inches of water out of rain and snow in March 2021. The combination of water from snow, and rain is categorized as precipitation by the National Weather Service. The record for March precipitation is 4.56 inches, set in 1983. Denver got 3.80 inches of water in March of 2021.
All of that moisture was beneficial for eastern Colorado, where drought conditions improved during the month. In early March, most of eastern Colorado was covered by severe to extreme drought. By the end of March, most of eastern Colorado was under moderate to severe drought. Western Colorado was not as lucky. Drought conditions saw little improvement there. Most of the western slope remains under an extreme to exceptional drought.
The long period of active weather also produced cooler temperatures along the Front Range. Denver’s average temperature ended up 1 degree below normal. Warmer temperatures finally appeared by the end of the month. On March 29, Denver saw its warmest temperature of the month when the high reached 75 degrees. That number was far from record-setting. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Denver during the month of March came on March 26, 1971. That day, temperatures in the city soared to 84.
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