Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT MAR 25 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
23-25 In 1891...rain changed to snow and totaled 8.8 inches in
downtown Denver. Most of the snow fell on the 24th.
Winds were light.
In 1964...heavy snowfall of 5.8 inches was measured at
Stapleton International Airport. North-northeast winds
gusted to 21 mph behind a cold front.
24-25 In 1904...west bora winds sustained to 40 mph with gusts to
55 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 49 degrees on
the 24th. Overnight...a cold front produced 4.5 inches of
snow. The high temperature was only 34 degrees on the 25th.
In 1955...a vigorous cold front with winds sustained to
34 mph and gusts to 39 mph briefly reduced the visibility
to 2 miles in blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.
Post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 9.5 inches at
Stapleton Airport where the maximum snow depth on the
ground was 7 inches.
24-26 In 1959...the second major spring storm in less than a week
dumped 10 to 20 inches of wet snow across northeastern
Colorado. Snowfall totaled 14.3 inches at Stapleton
Airport where north winds gusted to 36 mph...causing near-
blizzard conditions with visibilities frequently reduced to
1/2 mile in snow and blowing snow. Many travelers were
marooned when trains...planes...and buses were unable to make
their schedules. Utility lines were again damaged as a
result of the storm.
25 In 1874...the wind blowing in gusts from the west-northwest
filled the air with dust so dense that only the houses
in the immediate neighborhood of the weather station
could be recognized. The brisk winds continued through
In 1886...heavy snowfall of 6.5 inches occurred in the city.
In 1896...northwest winds sustained to 58 mph with gusts to
65 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 70 degrees.
In 1911...west winds were sustained to 43 mph. The chinook
winds warmed the temperature to a high of 65 degrees.
In 1925...northwest winds were sustained to 41 mph with gusts
to 46 mph.
In 1950...strong chinook winds gusted to 50 mph at Stapleton
In 1976...3.4 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
Airport where northeast winds gusted to 46 mph. The
strong winds at 20 to 35 mph all day produced a rare
"snirt" storm when blowing dust and dirt became mixed
with snow and blowing snow reducing the visibility to as
low as 1/4 mile at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1984...1 to 4 inches of new snow fell across metro
Denver. Icy roads contributed to many accidents. The
most hazardous conditions occurred in the foothills west
of Denver. Both I-70 and U.S. 40 were closed at the
height of the Sunday afternoon ski rush...causing delays
of many hours. Snowfall totaled only 1.0 inch at
Stapleton International Airport with only a trace on
the ground due to melting.
In 1988...high winds in the mountains spread over metro
Denver. A wind gust to 75 mph was noted in Boulder where
a traffic light was downed. Power outages were reported in
Boulder County. Northwest winds to 46 mph were recorded at
Stapleton International Airport.
25-26 In 1899...a major storm dumped 13.1 inches of heavy snow
over downtown Denver. Rain changed to snow around mid-
morning on the 25th. Snowfall became heavy and continued
until late evening on the 26th. North to northeast
winds gusted to 30 mph on both days. The cold air mass
plunged temperatures from a high of 55 degrees on the
25th to a low of 8 degrees on the 26th.
In 1995...a potent early spring storm produced heavy snow in
the mountains...but skipped over metro Denver...before
producing blizzard conditions and 6-foot drifts over
eastern Colorado...causing the closure of I-70 and other
highways. Only 0.7 inch of snow fell at the site of the
former Stapleton International Airport. North winds
gusted to 40 mph at Denver International Airport on
In 2001...a persistent band of moderate to heavy snow showers
with a few embedded thunderstorms formed in the foothills
around Estes Park and spread to the southeast across Boulder
and Denver and on the plains to the east of Denver. Thunder
and snow was reported at Jefferson County...Centennial...and
Denver International Airports during the evening of the 25th.
Snowfall totals included: 7 inches at Boulder and Louisville;
6 inches at Broomfield...Niwot...and Westminster; 5 inches at
Eldorado Springs...Nederland...and near Strasburg. Only 2.1
inches of snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton
25-27 In 1904...heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches in downtown