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The Snowiest Denver Thanksgivings of All Time and More

This is what the aftermath of a real Denver blizzard looks like.
This is what the aftermath of a real Denver blizzard looks like. Denver7
This week's snowstorm paralyzed the Denver metro area, and its lingering effects have added another degree of difficulty to travel during Thanksgiving week.

That's fairly unusual, according to information from the National Weather Service, whose stats show that fresh flakes aren't a regular Turkey Day occurrence in the Mile High City. But storms that have struck prior to the holiday, like the latest one, have wreaked their own festive form of havoc. They include a squall the folks at the Farmers' Almanac describe as "one of the biggest Thanksgiving storms to ever hit a major city."

The NWS's data about what it describes as "Denver's Winter/Cold Season," reveals that we typically get at least some snow before the Thanksgiving holiday. The earliest recorded snowfall for any year since record-keeping began was September 3, 1961, while the latest was November 21, 1934.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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