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Colorado weather: Summer snowfall possible in mountains overnight

It may still be August, but snow is on the way for the mountains in Colorado.

“We’ve got a little system that’s going to be moving across Colorado tonight,” Scott Entrekin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, said. “It looks like there will be enough cold air in that system to produce snow.”

Entrekin said areas in the mountains above about 11,000 feet from Summit County northward to the Wyoming border are most likely to see some flakes but don’t expect any accumulation.

“Whatever falls will be mostly melting,” Entrekin said.

Entrekin said summer snowfall is not all that uncommon in Colorado and it’s even possible to see flurries above the treeline as early as July.

Down in Denver, the earliest snow on record fell on Sept. 3, 1961.

Even if the storm system doesn’t produce snow, Entrekin said there should be some relief for fire crews who are battling wildfires across the state.

“It will at least give some rain showers that will benefit the current forest fires that are going on and give our parched soil some moisture,” he said.

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