‘Potentially Historic’ October Winter Storm Could Set Snowfall Records in Colorado, Washington, Dakotas

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It may only be October, but winter has already arrived in parts of the country — with potentially record-breaking snowstorms.

This week, temperatures have dropped across much of the north-central United States, as a major snowstorm, which has been named Winter Storm Abby, threatens to break October snowfall records, according to The Weather Channel.

The National Weather Service office in Bismarck has referred to the storm, which could touch parts of 10 states, as a “potentially historic October winter storm.

As of Thursday afternoon, parts of Colorado had already been hit with up to 6 in. of snow, with 2.1 in. reported in Denver, according to KDVR. The station notes that the average date for the city’s first snowfall is October 18.

The snowfall came as the city recorded its biggest-ever one-and two-day temperature drops in October; on Wednesday, Denver recorded a high of 83 degrees, before dropping to just 19 degrees by Thursday morning.

As of Thursday morning, there were reports of at least three separate crashes involving over 20 cars in Colorado, according to KCNC-TV. Additionally, many flights have been delayed from Denver International Airport.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Maria Pasquini