Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 040959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST WED JAN 4 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.
2-4 In 1949...the worst blizzard in many years struck metro
Denver and all of northern Colorado. The storm produced
blizzard conditions with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph all
day on the 3rd when temperatures were only in the single
digits. This resulted in extremely cold wind chill
temperatures of 40 to 55 degrees below zero. Stapleton
Airport received 13.3 inches of snow from the storm...
while downtown Denver received 11.8 inches. The snow
fell for 51 consecutive hours downtown. Numerous lives
were lost...and livestock losses were high across the
northeastern plains of Colorado where extensive airlift
operations were needed to bring supplies and food to
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.
3-4 In 1982...wind gusting to 85 mph in the Table Mesa area of
Boulder caused a few power failures. West winds gusted
to only 32 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 2000...high winds buffeted the foothills of Boulder County.
Wind gusts were reported to 91 mph at Nederland and 81 mph
at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on the mesa
southwest of Boulder. Southwest winds gusted to only 31 mph
at Denver International Airport on the 4th.
4 In 1893...the low temperature dipped to only 52 degrees...the
highest minimum temperature ever recorded in January. The
high temperature was 64 degrees. The spring-like weather
was the result of northwest chinook winds sustained to
20 mph with gusts as high as 38 mph.
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