April is a wild weather month in Denver. Not only is April our second snowiest month, it’s also a month where intense heat and severe storms can occur. The dramatic weather swings we see in Denver during the month of April stem from it being a transition month. Sometimes during the Spring we see big warm ups and big cool downs. The hottest temperature in Denver during the month of April was 90º set back in 1992. The coldest temperature Denver has ever felt in April is -2º felt back in 1975.
The upcoming cold blast won’t break monthly records but it will most likely break daily records. As a cold front that is drawing bitter Canadian air drags south, we will see our temperatures go from a comfortable 5 to 15-degrees above-average to 20 to 30-degrees below average. It’s going to be one of those nasty temperature changes, too, since it will be coming with a fair amount of snow.
It’s possible that we could see a greater than 50-degree temperature drop with this blast of cold air coming in. That wouldn’t put us close to the all-time biggest temperature drops in Denver history but it’s still notable.
Highs on Sunday are only expected to reach the upper 20s and the previous record cold high temperature for that date is 30 degrees. Record lows are going to be in danger for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday cold and snow remain in teh area.
Another blast of cold air is coming later in the week and that will likely drop our temperatures yet again into possible record territory.
For everyone that may have planted, or have seen Spring blooms blossom, go ahead and move what you can inside. If you can’t move plants inside, try covering them with plastic. This will have an impact on some of the trees that have already bloomed as well. Those are mainly Cherry, Plum and Peach trees. Spring veggies are typically pretty hardy and can withstand a blast of cold and snow.
Snow is very insulated and that will actually help us as this cold comes. With snow on the ground being followed by intense cold, the snow will help to insulate the plants and protect them from the coldest of temperatures. If you have already spread grass seed around, don’t worry, the seed will be fine but don’t expect anything growth to occur until soil temperatures are at least 60 degrees.
Don’t forget, this cold is coming with a decent amount of snow. Read up on my forecast here.
Bundle up! And enjoy the cold if you can.
~ Rain or Shine
I’m Andy Stein