The calendar says January, but the scenery looks more like pleasant early fall.
Behind the Kawuneeche Visitor Center at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, measured average snow depth for this time of year is about 22 inches, according to Park staff.
But this year, the depth is 7 inches.
And where the average of December snowfall in that area over the past 62 years is about 28 inches, this December averaged 4.8 inches.
It's a stark contrast to last year's December, during which an average 48 inches fell there.
From Colorado Parks and Wildlife snow surveys located in the Blue River, Middle Creek, Troublesome Creek and Williams Fork areas, compiled by biologists, the average snow depth shows less than 5 centimeters this year, where the 10-year average is about 15 cm.