Although snow in the high country is the primary source of Denver’s drinking water, snow at lower elevations is also important.

“To replenish the soil in our yards, for our plants and our gardens and our trees,” Travis Thompson said, Senior Media Coordinator with Denver Water. “And it also just helps, having that healthy landscape, means that's less water that we're actually using, taking from those reservoirs that the mountain snowpack fills during the spring.”

In addition to improving the health of vegetation and reducing fire danger, snow in Denver also helps replenish water supplies further down the South Platte River in Northern Colorado and Nebraska.

High temperatures in the Denver area Tuesday were more than 20 degrees above normal. Wednesday’s highs could be record-breaking.

Changes arrive Thursday and Friday.

Snow at the end of the week likely won’t make up for the many recent weeks of unusually warm, dry weather in Denver.