... This week in Metro Denver weather history...
28-1 in 1875... 6 inches of snow fell from 3:15 PM on the 28th to
1:00 am on the 1st. Precipitation for the two days was
29-1 in 1896... snowfall totaled 5.5 inches in the city. Northeast
winds gusted to 24 mph.
In 1948... snowfall totaled 5.9 inches in downtown Denver.
North winds were sustained to 15 mph.
1 in 1904... west winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts as
high as 58 mph. The Chinook winds warmed the temperature
to a high of 67 degrees.
In 1906... snowfall was heavy and totaled 7.5 inches over
downtown Denver. Northeast winds were sustained to
In 1940... snowfall was heavy and totaled 7.7 inches in
In 1943... 6.0 inches of snow fell over downtown Denver.
North winds were sustained to 19 mph.
In 1956... west-northwest wind gusts to 52 mph were recorded
at Stapleton Airport.
In 1961... a wind gust to 65 mph was recorded at the Colorado
building in downtown Boulder. The high winds caused some
minor damage. Northwest winds gusted to 43 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1974... a wind gust to 77 mph was recorded in Boulder.
Southwest winds gusted to 37 mph at Stapleton
In 2002... upslope conditions caused heavy snow to develop in
and near the eastern foothills. Snow totals included 14
inches at Eldorado Springs and near genesee; 13 inches
atop lookout mountain; 12 inches in Coal Creek canyon; 10
inches in Nederland and just east of boulder; 9 inches in
Boulder and morrison; and 8 inches at Broomfield... Erie...
Golden... Louisville... and Littleton. Snowfall totaled 6.5
inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport. Northeast winds gusted to 31 mph at Denver
1-2 in 1969... heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where north-northwest winds
gusted to 18 mph.
In 1988... 3 to 6 inches of snow fell over Metro Denver.
Snowfall totaled 3.2 inches at Stapleton International
Airport where north winds gusted to 32 mph.
In 2003... localized heavy snow developed in the foothills
of Jefferson County. Storm totals included: 12.5 inches
near Conifer... 11 inches in the foothills southwest of
Boulder... and 10 inches near Genesee. Only 0.9 inch of
snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton
2 in 1904... west winds sustained to 52 mph with gusts to
60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 68 degrees.
Snowfall was 0.4 inch in the evening.
In 2008... a storm system brought heavy snow to portions of
the Front Range foothills; as well as localized blizzard
conditions to areas along the Palmer Divide. In the
foothills of Jefferson and park counties storm totals
included: 16 inches at Genesee... 14 inches... 4 miles south
of evergreen; 13 inches... 3 miles southeast of pinecliffe;
12 inches... 5 miles west-southwest of conifer; 10 inches
at Evergreen and 5 miles west of Littleton.
Along the Palmer Divide... south and southeast of Denver...
the combination of gusty northerly winds and snow caused
localized blizzards. Storm totals included: 7 inches...
2 miles east of Castle rock; 6 inches... 4 miles east of
Parker and 2 miles northwest of elizabeth; and 5 inches
near Castle pines. The wind... gusting to 35 mph... stirred
up snow drifts from 1 to 3 feet in depth. Northeast winds
gusted up to 49 mph at Denver international airport; and
2.0 inches of snow was observed at the former Stapleton
2-3 in 1901... strong northwest winds raked the city for 2 days.
On the 2nd... winds were sustained to 55 mph with gusts to
62 mph. The Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a
high of 72 degrees... a record maximum for the date. On
the 3rd... winds were sustained to 61 mph with gusts as
high as 65 mph. The high temperature was 59 degrees.
In 1964... heavy snowfall of 6.3 inches was measured at
Stapleton International Airport. East winds gusted to
only 20 mph behind a cold front.
In 1978... 5.0 inches of snowfall were measured at Stapleton
International Airport where northeast winds gusted to 24
mph on the 2nd. The passage of a cold Canadian front kept
temperatures only in the teens and 20's on the 2nd after
a high temperature of 33 degrees shortly after midnight.
The temperature... after a morning low of 3 degrees below
zero... climbed to only 14 degrees on the 3rd... setting
a record low maximum for the date.
2-4 in 1963... heavy wet snow was accompanied by strong gusty winds
across Metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 11.6 inches at
Stapleton Airport where north winds gusting to 44 mph
caused much blowing and drifting snow. Hazardous driving
conditions resulted in many traffic accidents.
In 1976... snowfall totaled 8.0 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where... on the 4th... northeast winds
gusted to 31 mph reducing the visibility to as low as 1/4
mile. Maximum snow depth on the ground was 7 inches. Nine
inches of snow were measured in Boulder.
3 in 1875... six inches of snow fell in Georgetown.
In 1895... northwest bora winds were sustained to 45 mph with
gusts to 58 mph in the city.
In 1966... cold northwest wind gusts of 50 to 90 mph
occurred across Metro Denver. Both cars and trucks
were blown off an icy Highway just east of Denver
where some highways were closed by either blowing dust or
blowing snow. A northwest wind gust to 43 mph was recorded
at Stapleton International Airport. The strong winds
caused limited minor damage.
In 1972... winds gusted to 55 mph in Boulder causing no
reported damage. West winds gusted to 49 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1985... snow struck Metro Denver. Heaviest hit was Boulder
where 6 to 8 inches were measured. Icy roads caused the
closure of I-25 north and south of Denver due to traffic
accidents. The snow also caused long delays at Stapleton
International Airport where snowfall totaled only 2.6
In 1997... west winds gusted to 52 mph at Denver International
3-4 in 1932... a dust storm occurred on the 3rd during the late
afternoon. North winds gusting as high as 38 mph behind
a cold front kicked up much blowing dust. Light snow
developed during the evening and continued through the
early morning of the 4th. Snowfall totaled 2.7 inches.
In 1934... strong winds raked Boulder. A wind gust to 62 mph
was recorded at Valmont just east of Boulder. The strong
winds caused hundreds of dollars of damage in Boulder.
In 1981... the most vigorous snow storm of the season struck
the state... closing many schools and most highways
connecting Denver... Colorado Springs... and Limon. North
winds gusting to 43 mph whipped nearly 10 inches of snow
in Denver into 3-foot drifts and snarled traffic on the
morning of the the 4th. Snowfall totaled 9.8 inches at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1989... a storm dumped 2 to 6 inches of snow across Metro
Denver. The snow caused 2-hour air traffic delays at
Stapleton International Airport where 3.0 inches of snow
fell and north winds gusted to 23 mph on the 3rd. There
were many traffic accidents across Metro Denver. I-70 was
closed east of Denver for a time on the 3rd.
In 1991... high winds raked the eastern foothills. Wind gusts
of 60 to 90 mph were common with 119 mph recorded at
Wondervu southwest of Boulder... 106 mph on shanahan ridge
and 92 mph at Table Mesa... both in southwest Boulder.
Several trees were uprooted and traffic signs and lights
blown over. Flying debris caused damage to homes...
buildings... and cars. In Boulder... a stop sign was blown
onto a car. There were no reports of injuries. Southwest
winds gusting as high as 48 mph briefly reduced the
prevailing visibility to as low as 1/16th mile in blowing
dust at Stapleton International Airport on the 4th.
3-5 in 1961... snowfall totaled 8.3 inches at Stapleton Airport
over the 3-day period with most of the snow... 4.4 inches...
falling on the 3rd. Winds were generally light gusting to
only 23 mph.
4 in 1887... snowfall was only 0.1 inch. This was the earliest
last measurable snow of the season.
In 1971... a wind gust to 102 mph was recorded at the National
center for atmospheric research in Boulder. A wind gust to
83 mph was measured at the National Bureau of standards.
In downtown Boulder... sustained winds reached 35 mph with
gusts as high as 57 mph. No significant damage was
reported. West winds gusted to only 28 mph at Stapleton
In 1982... brief heavy snow accompanied by a few thunderstorms
struck Metro Denver. Lightning struck a house in Arvada
setting it afire. The thunderstorm produced 5 inches of
snowfall in a 2-hour period in Wheat Ridge. The snow
made roads very icy and slick causing a 59-car pile-up on
I-70 in north Denver. Snowfall with thunder totaled only
1.3 inches at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1997... a fast moving Pacific storm produced heavy snow
in the foothills. Snowfall at Conifer measured 9 inches.
Only light snow fell elsewhere over Metro Denver. Snowfall
totaled only 1.2 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport. North northeast winds gusted to
28 mph at Denver International Airport.
4-5 in 1971... heavy Post-frontal snowfall totaled 7.7 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 28 mph.
In 1992... snow spread from the mountains into the eastern
foothills where 19 inches fell in Coal Creek Canyon.
Rain fell over lower elevations of Metro Denver with
1.12 inches of precipitation recorded at Stapleton
International Airport and only one half inch of snow.
North winds gusted to 32 mph.
In 2004... snowfall totaled 1.8 inches at the Denver
Stapleton site. This was the only measurable snowfall
of the month. Northeast winds gusted to 29 mph at
Denver International Airport.
4-6 in 1931... a cold front with north winds gusting to 35 mph
on the evening of the 4th brought snowfall on the 5th
into the early morning of the 6th. Heavy snowfall
totaled 6.2 inches. Temperatures plunged from a high
of 58 degrees on the 4th to a low of only 22 degrees
by midnight... which was also the high reading on the
In 1983... a slow moving moisture laden storm produced heavy
snow and rain. Two to three feet of snow fell in the
foothills at Wondervu and Nederland. The southern portion
of Metro Denver was buried with 26 inches of snow in
southeast Aurora... 25 inches at Franktown... and 19 inches
at Littleton. Snowfall totaled 18.7 inches at Stapleton
International Airport with most of the snow... 18.0 inches...
falling on the 5th. Brighton received only 11 inches
of new snow. Boulder was drenched by rain and received
no snow. Precipitation from the storm totaled 3.06
inches at Stapleton International Airport where north
winds gusted to 28 mph. The heavy wet snow snapped many
tree limbs... which fell on power and phone lines causing
many outages. Numerous highways were closed. Two thousand
travelers were stranded at Stapleton International
Airport where only one runway was open for a time. Many
flights were canceled. One home in Denver was severely
damaged when its roof collapsed under the weight of the
heavy snow. The 2.68 inches of precipitation on the 5th
was the greatest calendar day precipitation ever recorded
in the city during March. The 2.79 inches of precipitation
on the 4th and 5th was the greatest 24 hour precipitation
ever measured during March.
5 in 1887... the longest snow-free period on record... 232 days...
began. The last measurable snowfall of the season... 0.1
inch... occurred on the 4th. The first measurable snow of
the next season... 0.3 inch... occurred on October 23rd.
In 1900... northwest winds were sustained to 51 mph with gusts
to 60 mph. The strong bora winds warmed the temperature
to a high of 44 degrees.
In 1926... Post-frontal north winds were sustained to 44 mph
with gusts as high as 54 mph. The cold front also produced
In 1990... the southern portion of Metro Denver was hit by a
line of thunderstorms. Heavy rain... 0.90 to 2.40 inches...
and pea to Marble size hail piled to a depth of 2 to 3
inches over portions of northern and eastern Douglas and
western Arapahoe counties. Thunderstorm winds to 50 mph
were clocked at Centennial Airport. Thunderstorm rainfall
was 0.62 inch at Stapleton International Airport.
5-6 in 1935... 3.0 inches of snow fell in downtown Denver. This
was the only measurable snow of the month. Northwest
winds gusted to 29 mph on the 5th.
In 1940... heavy snowfall totaled 9.1 inches over downtown
Denver. North winds gusted to 22 mph.
In 2000... high winds developed in and near the foothills
just prior to the passage of an upper level storm system
moving in from the West. Peak gusts from the windstorm
included: 88 mph at the National center for atmospheric
research near Boulder... 82 mph in Boulder... 80 mph at the
National wind technology center south of Boulder... 79 mph
on Rocky Flats... and 71 mph in Golden Gate Canyon.
Several power lines were downed causing a few brief
outages. Thunderstorms produced southeast wind gusts
to 51 mph at Denver International Airport on the 5th.
In 2003... high winds spread from the mountains down the
eastern slopes. The highest wind gusts were 85 mph
atop the gamow tower on the University of Colorado
Campus in Boulder and 70 mph at the National wind
technology center on Rocky Flats west of Broomfield.
West winds gusted to 44 mph at Denver International
Airport on the 6th.
6 in 1900... west winds were sustained to 41 mph with gusts
to 49 mph.
In 1920... the high temperature warmed to only 6 degrees...
the all-time record low maximum temperature for the
month of March. The same reading also occurred on
March 10... 1948.
In 1972... a wind gust to 100 mph was recorded at Jefferson
County Airport in Broomfield. Winds gusted in Boulder
at speeds of 50 to 65 mph. A light plane was overturned...
and there was damage to other planes at Boulder Airport.
The roof of a garage was blown off... and a Mobile home was
overturned in Boulder. A truck was blown off the Highway
15 miles east of Boulder. West winds gusted to 51 mph at
Stapleton International Airport. The warm Chinook winds
were responsible for setting a new record high temperature
for the date of 75 degrees... exceeding the old record of
72 degrees set in 1925.
In 1990... a blizzard pummeled Metro Denver. Snow fell at a
rate of 2 to 3 inches an hour. Gusty north winds whipped
the snow into 2- to 3-foot drifts by noon. During the
afternoon many stores and schools closed. By rush hour
sustained winds of 35 to 46 mph and gusts to 58 mph reduced
visibilities to near zero and whipped the new snow into
3- to 4-foot drifts. Many residential as well as
secondary and primary roads became impassable. I-25
and I-70 were closed in and out of the city. Road crews
cleared drifts as high as 12 feet in southeast Boulder and
northwest Adams counties. Several hundred rush hour
commuters... including the state's governor... were caught in
the blizzard conditions along a 15-mile stretch of the
Denver-Boulder Turnpike. Many remained snowbound in their
vehicles up to 8 hours until rescued by police and the
National guard. The Highway remained closed until mid-day
on the 7th. Shelters for stranded commuters and travelers
were opened in Broomfield and Castle Rock. Many workers
didn't even try to go home... but filled downtown hotels to
near capacity. By early evening... Stapleton International
Airport was shut down after an airliner with 82 passengers
aboard skidded off a runway. Snowfall totals for the storm
varied from 18 to 50 inches in the foothills above 6
thousand feet... 9 to 24 inches west of I-25... and 2 to 12
inches over eastern Metro Denver. Snowfall from the storm
totaled 11.8 inches at Stapleton International Airport
where the maximum snow depth on the ground was 7 inches
due to melting.
In 2004... very strong downslope winds developed in and
near the eastern foothills... causing numerous traffic
accidents and extensive property damage to roofs and
aluminum sheds. Three semi-trucks were toppled by the
strong winds near the I-70 and c-470 Interchange. One of
the trucks was carrying a modular home... while another was
hauling hazardous material. I-70 had to be closed in
both directions until the accidents could be cleaned up.
Strong winds forced the closure of State Highway 93
between Golden and Boulder... when the Road became icy and
snowpacked from localized ground blizzards. Another semi-
truck was blown over near the intersection of state
highways 72 and 93 atop Rocky Flats. Scattered power
outages were reported across northern and western sections
of Metro Denver... affecting around 2000 residents. In
Boulder... several Pine trees were uprooted by the high winds.
6-7 in 1981... a storm dumped 4 to 8 inches of snow over higher
elevations between Denver and Colorado Springs. At
Stapleton International Airport... north winds gusted to
16 mph and snowfall totaled only 2.5 inches.
In 1998... heavy snow fell over portions of Metro Denver
and the adjacent foothills. Snowfall totals included
11 inches at chief hosa... 10 inches near Evergreen... 8.5
inches in Broomfield... 8 inches at Bailey... and 7 inches
at both Standley Lake and Thornton. Elsewhere... snowfall
across Metro Denver ranged from 3 to 6 inches with
4.9 inches measured at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport. North winds gusted to 26 mph
at Denver International Airport on the 7th. Several
accidents occurred along area roads and highways when
they became icy and snowpacked.
6-8 in 1932... snowfall totaled 6.3 inches in downtown Denver.
Most of the snow... 5.2 inches... fell on the 8th. Northeast
winds gusted to 20 mph on the 6th.
7 in 1872... heavy rain started shortly after midnight and
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