One must always be prepared for changing weather in Colorado, and this is especially true when planning time with the sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.
If you are looking for something fun to do to make this year extra memorable, consider a drive to one of Colorado’s two most appropriately named locations; Romeo and Loveland.
For the more adventurous at heart, take the day off from work, grab your Valentine, and consider a drive to the small town of Romeo, which sits in east-central Conejos County, just 30 minutes south of Alamosa. Though there isn’t much to do in this small town, the high elevation and dry climate of the San Luis Valley makes for some picturesque scenery of the nearby Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains. Using climate data from Alamosa and nearby San Luis, the typical high for mid-February in this part of the state is right around 40 degrees, with a low anywhere from 5 to 10 degrees above zero.
Some years can be extreme, with highs climbing well into the 50s across the San Luis Valley, such as in 2003, when San Luis hit 50 degrees and Alamosa topped out at 55 degrees on Valentine’s Day. But, temperatures can also swing the other way, with lows well below zero, such as in 2004, when San Luis hit -9 degrees and Alamosa bottomed out at -21 degrees.
If you are planning to spend time with your sweetheart in Romeo this year, plan to bundle up! The forecast calls for a chance of snow showers, with a high near 32, and a low around 0.
Colorado’s other favorite place to spend Valentine’s Day is no other than, you guessed it, Loveland! The city known for sending out millions of Valentine’s Day cards each year sits in southeastern Larimer County, not too far from the city of Fort Collins, and just about an hour north of Denver.
The Loveland area typically expects to see mid-February highs right around 47 degrees with lows between 18 and 20 degrees. But in some years, the weather can be anything but typical, such as on Valentine’s Day in 2011, when some sweethearts were tempted to break out the shorts, as the afternoon high in Loveland climbed to 67 degrees. Other years can be cold and snowy, such as in 1990, when the high only reached 13 degrees and Loveland recorded 3.5 inches of new snow.
If you are planning on heading out to Loveland this year, bundle your sweetheart up, as the forecast is calling for a chance of snow showers, with a high in the mid 30s and lows in the teens.