DENVER (CBS4) – For snow lovers, September 3 is an important date in history; Denver’s earliest snowfall on record.
A Labor Day weekend snowstorm in 1961 dropped 4.2 inches of the white stuff at Stapleton Airport.
Nearly a foot of snow fell in the western suburbs and across the foothills.
The low temperature was 33 degrees, a record that still stands today.
It’s also Denver’s coldest temperature ever recorded so early in the season.
September is the first month of the snow season with just over an inch falling on average.
But snow doesn’t always fall in September.
In fact, only 45 of the last 131 years have brought flakes during the ninth month.
The average date of first snow is October 19.
The latest first snow in the Mile High City was on November 21, 1934.