The drought in the Western U.S. has hit Colorado’s Rockies, which have seen their average temperatures drop in the past month.
The region’s average temperature last month was 26 degrees.
It dropped to 23.5 degrees Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The Denver metro area has recorded more than 50 days of record lows.
The average temperature in the Denver metro region this month is 19.5.
The drought is hitting the area’s ski resorts hard.
The Denver metro averages 1,300 miles of ski trails, and ski resorts are among the hardest hit.
The resort industry in Colorado is already struggling.
With snow and ice expected to last through early April, the resorts have cut staffs, slashed snow clearing time and snow days, and closed roads.
Dry weather in the Rockies could be even more severe as winter sets in and temperatures drop further.
Weather.com Meteorologist Dan Stessel said snowfall is forecast to be much more variable in the Colorado Rockies.
“It’s a little bit of everything,” Stessel told The Associated Press.
“In some parts, you’re getting snow in some parts,” he said.
“There are also areas where there are going to be lots of rain.”
A new cold front will hit the Rockies and the Denver metropolitan area from Tuesday through Saturday.
It will be the first time in more than 40 years that the front will move in the opposite direction of a cold front.
It’s expected to be one of the coldest winters on record, with highs of only 4 to 8 degrees.
Snow is forecast in some areas and snowfall amounts may be below 1 inch.