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Dillon weather station records record high of 54 degrees Sunday

The Dillon weather station, located near the Dillon Reservoir, recorded a record temperature of 54 degrees Sunday, Feb. 2.
Liz Copan / ecopan@summitdaily.com

DILLON — On Sunday, Feb. 2, the National Weather Service reported that the Dillon weather station recorded a record high for the day of 54 degrees. The previous record was set at 53 degrees in 1934.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin said the unseasonable warm temperatures hit the Front Range, as well. On Sunday, Denver’s high temperature of 74 degrees tied the record set in 1934.

Fredin explained that the Dillon and Breckenridge weather stations are two of the best sites in Summit County for comparing historic weather trends as both stations go back to the early mining days. The Dillon station, which sits near Dillon Reservoir, was established in 1910.

In classic Colorado fashion, after record-breaking high temperatures, snow started rolling across the mountain region late Monday morning. The National Weather Service put out a winter storm warning that said “freezing drizzle” would change to light snow across the foothills, Denver area and northeastern Colorado plains. The forecast warns of moderate to heavy snow in the northern Colorado mountains and foothills that could result in “difficult travel conditions.” CDOT also advised caution on roadways during the storm.

Forecasters predict the storm will bring 6–14 inches of snow to several mountain ranges including in Summit County. The fresh snow comes along with winds that are expected to gust to 40 mph.

“The main portion of this storm will roll through (Monday) through Tuesday,” Fredin said. “It’s common up there, you always get the lingering snow showers.”

In a Monday blog post, OpenSnow meteorologist Sam Collentine called for “wide-ranging totals along the mountain corridor” caused by narrow bands of heavy snow. Ski areas that miss out on those bands are expected to end up in the 3–6 inch range Tuesday. Resorts that benefits from heavy snowfall — likely along the Continental Divide — should be in the 8–12 inch range, he wrote.

The storm warning is in effect through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, but the Weather Service is calling for a chance of snow in Summit County through Sunday, Feb. 9.

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