Colorado celebrated the start of summer with almost 2 feet of snow over the weekend, as winter returned briefly to the Centennial State, with Steamboat getting hit the hardest.
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Images of the snow stake at Steamboat Resort went viral on Sunday as the snow that started to fall Friday just west of Denver at elevations above 7,000 feet totalled over 20″. Snow was also reported in parts of Montana, according. A winter weather advisory was in effect until Sunday morning.
Snowfall at this time of year is rare, and the last time they saw snow this late was on June 17, 1928. Steamboat Springs averages 0.1 inches of snow in June, with May 6 being the average last day of snowfall during a typical season.
This unusual snowfall is partly because the atmosphere is warmer and moister than in previous years. At lower elevations, it’s too warm to maintain snowfall, but higher elevations don’t have that problem.