Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 050959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST THU JAN 5 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
31-6 In 1973...the 31st marked the start of a protracted cold spell
that extended into January of 1974 when temperatures
dipped below zero on 7 consecutive days. Record daily
minimum readings occurred on the 3rd and 5th when the
temperature plunged to 17 degrees below zero on both days.
A record low daily maximum temperature of only 4 degrees
occurred on the 5th.
31-7 In 1941...a protracted cold spell through January 7...1942...
produced below zero low temperatures on 7 of the 8 days.
A low temperature of 2 degrees on the 3rd prevented a
string of 8 days below zero. The coldest days during the
period were the 1st with a high of 2 degrees and
a low of 9 degrees below zero...the 4th with a high of 2
degrees and a low of 11 degrees below zero...and the 5th
with a high of 26 degrees and a low of 12 degrees below
1-5 In 1940...the first days of the month were characterized by a
mixture of drizzle...light snow...and fog. Fog occurred on
each day. On the 4th and 5th considerable glazing resulted
from freezing drizzle. All objects were coated with a
glaze on the windward side. This resulted in very slippery
streets...which caused several minor traffic accidents. The
glaze was not heavy enough to damage wires and cables.
2-5 In 1959...very cold temperatures...to near zero and
below...caused power and gas lines...water pipes...and
automatic sprinkler systems to break. In Boulder...
merchandise and furnishings were water damaged when pipes
burst in a department store...flooding three floors. The
temperature was below zero for 38 consecutive hours at
Stapleton Airport on the 2nd...3rd...and 4th and plunged to
a low of 13 degrees below zero on the 4th.
4-5 In 1996...snow began falling across the Front Range foothills
and portions of metro Denver on the 4th. Most snowfall
amounts ranged from 4 to 6 inches. Icy roads and blowing
snow caused a 22 car accident on I-25 north of Denver...
resulting in an 8-mile traffic back-up for several hours.
Snowfall totaled 3.2 inches at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport. North-northeast winds
gusted to 22 mph at Denver International Airport on the
5 In 1871...a heavy gale in Boulder caused 500 dollars damage.
In 1895...northwest winds were sustained to 36 mph with gusts
as high as 68 mph in the city.
In 1899...strong winds occurred in Boulder...but caused only
In 1911...northwest winds were sustained to 41 mph in
In 1915...north winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to
42 mph behind a cold front...which produced only 1.0 inch of
In 1972...warm chinook wind gusts to 85 mph were recorded in
Boulder at the National Bureau of Standards and to 60 mph
at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield. The high
winds caused severe blowing snow in and near the foothills...
completely blocking traffic in some areas...closing schools
and industrial plants. Houses under construction were
damaged...and falling trees damaged cars in Boulder. An
apartment building under construction was blown down in the
Denver area. Northwest wind gusts reached 58 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1989...during the early morning hours with temperatures in
the mid-to-upper 30`s...0.25 inch of rain fell at Stapleton
In 1994...occasional high winds blew across the eastern
foothills. Wind gusts to 84 mph were recorded in southwest
Boulder and 74 mph in north Boulder. There were also
reports of 70 to 80 mph winds along Colorado Highway 93 in
Jefferson County from Golden to Boulder. Northwest winds
gusted to 37 mph at Stapleton International Airport. No
significant damage was reported.
In 1999...strong downslope winds developed in the eastern
foothills. A wind gust to 100 mph was recorded at Wondervu...
southwest of Boulder. West-northwest winds gusted to only
37 mph at Denver International Airport.
In 2007...a storm system brought heavy snow to areas along the
Front Range. The most snow fell in and near the foothills
of Boulder and Jefferson Counties. Storm totals included:
17 inches 8 miles northwest of Evergreen...16 inches near
Conifer...15 inches southwest of Boulder and at Eldorado
Springs...14.5 inches near Genesee...12 inches near Aspen and
Estes Parks...11.5 inches in Boulder...11 inches at Perry Park...
9.5 inches near Blackhawk...9 inches in Louisville...7.5 inches
in Arvada...7 inches near Erie...6.5 inches near Longmont...and
6 inches at Ralston Reservoir and Littleton. Snowfall
totaled 5.6 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
5-6 In 1940...snowfall totaled 5.9 inches in downtown Denver.
In 1975...high winds gusting to over 75 mph caused
considerable damage in the Boulder area and minor damage
in Jefferson County. In Boulder...one home was unroofed...
several power lines were blown down...and a number of homes
and commercial buildings were damaged. Northwest winds
gusted to 36 mph on the 5th and 38 mph on the 6th at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1980 high winds in and near the foothills shattered
windows...tore roofs from buildings...and caused many power
outages. Much of the damage was in Boulder...where winds
gusted to at least 82 mph. Wind gusts of 80 to 100 mph
were common in the foothills. West winds gusted to only
37 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 6th.
In 1982...2 to 6 inches of snow fell across metro Denver.
Only 1.1 inches of snow were measured at Stapleton
In 1983...high winds buffeted the foothills with gusts of
60 to 75 mph recorded in the Boulder area. West winds
gusted to only 38 mph at Stapleton International Airport
on the 6th.
In 1998...heavy snow blanketed the Front Range foothills.
Snowfall totals included: 15 inches 8 miles north of
Blackhawk; 13 inches at Evergreen and 5 miles east
of Nederland; 12 inches in Coal Creek Canyon; 11 inches
8 miles west of Conifer; 10 inches in Sunshine Canyon
northwest of Boulder; 10 inches 11 miles southwest of
Morrison; 9 inches in South Turkey Canyon; and 8 inches
at Eldora Ski Area. Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at
the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.