Vast stretches of Colorado are bracing for the biggest late-may snowstorm on record and record cold temperatures; seeing more than 3.4 inches of snow and moving upwards towards a previous high set back in 1975.
“As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Denver had officially received 3.4 inches of snow. That’s the most snow measured this late in the season since May 29, 1975 when 5.6 inches hit the city,” reports CBS Denver.
“In addition to the snow, Denver tied the record low temperature for May 21 when the official thermometer for the city dropped to 31 degrees Tuesday morning. It was previously 31 degrees on this date in 2001 when 1 inch of snow fell,” adds the website.
This was the scene east of the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels on I-70 this afternoon as snow caused multiple cars to crash.
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) May 20, 2019
— Kathy Walsh (@WalshCBS4) May 21, 2019
The sudden deep freeze is similar to another major snowstorm that slammed the Midwest in April.
“A blizzard my friends, in April, it’s happening across portions of South Dakota up towards Nebraska and then into Wisconsin,” said Fox News Senior Meteorologist. “We could see over a foot of snow and windy conditions and the potential for flooding ahead of this, some ice as well.”
The storm comes on the heels of massive flooding across parts of Nebraska and beyond and could contribute to ongoing reconstruction efforts in the region.