Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 160959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST WED NOV 16 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
14-18 In 1964...the first measurable snowfall of the season
totaled 6.0 inches at Stapleton International Airport
where northeast winds gusted to 32 mph on the 14th.
Most of the snow...4.2 inches...fell on the 14th. This
was the only measurable snow of the month.
15-16 In 1894...winds behind an apparent strong cold front were
sustained to 60 mph with gusts to 75 mph on the 15th.
Snowfall totaled 2.6 inches in the city. Temperatures
plunged from a high of 72 degrees on the 15th to a low
of only 5 degrees on the 16th. The high temperature
on the 16th was 24 degrees...which occurred shortly
In 1996...around a foot of new snow fell in the foothills
west of Denver with 3 to 6 inches at lower elevations
across metro Denver. Some of the snowfall totals
included: 15 inches at Georgetown...12 inches at Idaho
Springs...10 inches at Chief Hosa...and 9 inches in Coal
Creek Canyon. Snowfall totaled 2.9 inches at the site
of the former Stapleton International Airport. Northeast
winds gusted to 23 mph at Denver International Airport on
15-17 In 1991...a strong winter storm dumped heavy snow over metro
Denver. Snowfall amounts totaled 15 inches at Castle Rock
and Conifer...14 inches at Morrison and Parker...12 inches in
southeast Aurora...and 11.6 inches at Stapleton International
Airport. Winds were light with the storm.
16 In 1899...a trace of rain fell in the city. This...together
with a trace of precipitation on the 21st and 23rd...was the
only precipitation of the month...making the month the driest
on record. The record was equaled in November of 1901 and
In 1926...rain changed to snow behind a cold front and totaled
2.0 inches. North winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts
as high as 54 mph.
In 1930...strong winds occurred in Boulder causing minor
damage. At Valmont just east of Boulder...winds gusted to
52 mph. West winds were sustained to 37 mph with gusts to
46 mph in downtown Denver.
In 1948...a west-northwest wind gust to 50 mph was recorded at
16-17 In 2010...the combination of heavy snow and strong winds
produced dangerous driving conditions in the high country.
Blizzard conditions forced the closure of U.S. Highway 6 at
Loveland Pass and U.S. Highway 40 at Berthoud Pass. Blowing
and drifting snow forced the closure of a 65-mile stretch of
Interstate 70...west of Idaho Springs. Peak wind gusts
included: 68 mph atop Niwot Ridge...55 mph near Blackhawk
and Gunsight...and 52 mph at Berthoud Pass. Storm totals in
the ski areas west of Denver ranged from 12 to 21 inches.
Northwest winds gusted to 55 mph at Denver International
Airport on the 16th.
In 2010...the combination of snow and strong winds produced
dangerous driving conditions in the mountains west of
Denver. Near blizzard conditions forced the closure of U.S.
Highway 6 at Loveland Pass and U.S. Highway 40 at Berthoud
Pass. Blowing and drifting snow closed a 65-mile stretch of
Interstate 70...between Idaho Springs and Vail Pass. Peak
wind gusts included: 68 mph atop Niwot Ridge...62 mph at
Loveland Pass...55 mph near Blackhawk and 52 mph at Berthoud
16-18 In 1921...heavy snowfall totaled 6.5 inches over downtown
Denver. This was the only measurable snow of the month.
East winds were sustained to 14 mph on the 17th.