By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – Mother Nature has delivered on the forecast for a snowy season in parts of Colorado due to an El Niño weather pattern that developed last spring and lasted through the winter.

The most recent storm to hit dropped 3.5 inches of new snow at Denver International Airport as of 6 a.m. Saturday bringing the April total to 15.6 inches.

If another 0.6 inches accumulates before the month ends at midnight April 2016 will break into the top 20 snowiest Aprils on record.

(credit: CBS4/Colorado's Weather Center)

(credit: CBS4/Colorado’s Weather Center)

When looking at Denver’s snow total so far this season the number is quite impressive and one that has only been reached two other times in the last 30 years.

As of 6 a.m. Saturday morning the season-to-date snow total stood at 72.8 inches.

The 2012/2013 season brought 78.4 inches of snow to Denver and 79 inches fell during the 1991/1992 season.

The current snow season ranks 26th out of 135 seasons of data.

Since 1882 the average seasonal snowfall for Denver has been 57.1 inches.

Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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