Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 240959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST FRI FEB 24 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
22-29 In 1960...heavy snowfall of 6.1 inches at Stapleton Airport on
the 22nd and 23rd marked the beginning of a protracted cold
spell which lasted until the end of the month. The cloudy...
cold weather was accompanied by occasional light snow or
flurries and fog. New record low temperatures for the dates
were set on the 24th thru the 29th with the lowest
temperature of 11 degrees below zero on the 28th. The
seven consecutive days of low temperatures of zero or below
had been exceeded in duration only 4 times previously. New
low maximum temperatures for the dates were set on the 23rd...
24th...and the 26th thru the 29th with the lowest maximum
temperature of 8 degrees recorded on the 26th.
23-24 In 1935...northwest winds sustained to 37 mph with gusts as
high as 47 mph produced considerable blowing dust behind
a cold front on the 23rd. The dust was dampened by 7.0
inches of snowfall over downtown Denver from the late
evening of the 23rd through the evening of the 24th.
In 1997...heavy snow fell in the foothills. Snowfall totals
included 8 inches at Sunshine Canyon northwest of Boulder...
and 6 inches at Morrison. Snowfall totaled only 2.4 inches
at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
East winds gusted to only 22 mph at Denver International
Airport on the 23rd.
23-25 In 1912...a severe winter storm dumped 14.2 inches of snowfall
over downtown Denver. Snow fell continuously from 9:40 AM
on the 23rd until 9:15 PM on the 25th with most of the snow...
9.2 inches...on the 24th. Temperatures were mostly in the
20`s. Northeast winds were sustained to 20 mph on the 24th.
24 In 1908...a duststorm occured in the city from mid-morning
through mid-day. North winds were sustained from 30 to
In 1927...northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph with an
extreme velocity to 46 mph.
In 1924...fog deposited a light coating of glaze...which was
very thin and only accumulated on the windward side of
cold objects. Streets and sidewalks became slippery.
In 1956...a strong cold front produced north wind gusts to 54
mph...but left only 2.0 inches of snowfall at Stapleton
In 1959...heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches at Stapleton
Airport...where north-northeast winds gusted to only 18 mph.
In 1968...west-northwest winds gusted to 49 mph at Stapleton
International Airport. The strong chinook winds warmed the
maximum temperature to 61 degrees...the highest temperature
of the month that year.
In 1986...wind gusts to 65 mph were reported at Table Mesa in
Boulder. West winds gusted to only 28 mph at Stapleton
International Airport where the high temperature of 70
degrees equaled the record for the date.
In 1991...the only measurable snowfall for the month totaled
only 0.8 inch at Stapleton International Airport where
north winds gusted to 28 mph. The light snow fell for most
of the day.
In 1994...high winds raked the eastern foothills. Wind speeds
of 70 to 80 mph were common. Wind gusts to 110 mph were
recorded at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
in south Boulder...while in north Boulder winds gusted to
95 mph. The strong winds blew the roof off a building at
Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood...causing the
evacuation of about 1500 people. A semi-trailer and a
delivery truck were overturned. In Lakewood...a home under
construction was destroyed by the winds. There were
numerous reports of vehicles damaged by flying debris...and
many automobile windshields were shattered. West wind gusts
to 47 mph were recorded at Stapleton International Airport.
In 2013...A storm system near the Four Corners region produced
heavy upslope snowfall in and near the Front Range with
blizzard conditions further east as it made its way across
southern Colorado. In the Front Range Mountains and
Foothills storm totals included: 27 inches near Pinecliffe;
24 inches...13 miles northwest of Golden; 20 inches near
Genesee; 17 inches near Conifer; 15 inches near Jamestown;
14 inches...just southwest of Eldorado Springs; 12.5 inches
near Aspen Springs; 12 inches near Evergreen and Ward; 10
inches at Eldora Ski Area; with 8 inches near Gross
Reservoir...Idaho Springs and Nederland. Across the Urban
Corridor storm totals included: 12 inches in Aurora; 11.5
inches near Highlands Ranch; 11 inches in Lakewood; 10.5
inches just north of Longmont and Westminster; 10 inches in
Lone Tree and Thornton; 8.5 inches in Aurora...6 miles
southwest of Denver and near Loveland; 8 inches at Boulder...
Broomfield...and Ralston Reservoir; 7.5 inches near
Frederick...with 7 inches at Commerce City. The storm
prompted the cancellation of 200 flights in and out of
Denver International Airport. Officially...the storm
system produced 9.1 inches of snow at DIA which established
a new daily snowfall record in Denver for the date. Along
and south of the I-70 corridor and east of Denver...the
combination of heavy snow and strong wind produced blizzard
conditions. Storm totals included: 14 inches...10 miles
south-southeast of Buckley AFB...10.5 inches...8 miles
southeast of Watkins; with 6 inches near Byers. Northerly
winds of 25 to 30 mph were common with gusts to 40 mph.
At DIA...a peak wind gust of 32 mph was observed.