Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 050959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN MAR 5 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
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.
4-5 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.