Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 060859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT WED APR 6 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
3-6 In 1898...snowfall totaled 8.7 inches in downtown Denver
over the 4 days. Northeast winds were sustained to
48 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph on the 3rd.
In 1983...a prolonged heavy snow storm blanketed the area
along with very cold temperatures. The greatest amounts
of snow fell in the foothills where 24 to 42 inches
were measured. A foot of snow fell in Boulder. Snow
fell for 50 consecutive hours at Stapleton International
Airport on the 3rd through the 5th with a total snowfall
of 8.8 inches and a maximum accumulation on the ground of
6 inches on the 5th. In Denver...the mercury failed to rise
above freezing for 3 consecutive days...on the 4th...5th...and
6th...for the first time ever in April. Five daily
temperature records were set from the 4th through the 6th.
Record low temperatures of 12 degrees occurred on the 5th
with 7 degrees on the 6th. Record low maximum temperatures
of 25 degrees occurred on the 4th...27 degrees on the 5th...
and 28 degrees on the 6th.
4-7 In 1909...post-frontal rain changed to heavy snow on the
afternoon of the 4th and continued through mid-morning of
the 7th. Total snowfall was 18.7 inches...but most of the
snow...14.0 inches...fell from 6:00 PM on the 4th to 6:00 PM
on the 5th. North to northeast winds were sustained to
32 mph on the 4th and to 30 mph on the 7th. Total
precipitation from the storm was 1.78 inches.
5-6 In 1939...3.0 inches of snow fell in downtown Denver. North
winds were sustained to 34 mph on the 5th and to 26 mph on
the 6th. The strong winds caused considerable drifting of
snow. Several highways leading into the city were closed
during the height of the storm due to poor visibility.
Streets and highways became coated with ice in places.
The temperature dipped to 11 degrees early on the 6th.
This was the coldest reading of the month that year.
Most vegetation was not far enough advanced to be injured
by the cold temperatures...although a few buds froze on
In 1949...strong winds in Boulder caused limited minor damage.
West-northwest winds were sustained to 24 mph with some
higher gusts at Stapleton Airport.
5-7 In 1916...rain changed to snow behind a cold front on the
5th and totaled 4.5 inches in the city. A thunderstorm
produced snow on the 6th. North winds were sustained to
35 mph with gusts to 38 mph on the 7th.
6 In 1904...northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
to 48 mph.
In 1919...post-frontal rain changed to snow but totaled only
0.1 inch. However...north winds were sustained to 40 mph
with gusts to 44 mph in the city.
In 1954...a vigorous cold front produced northeast winds at 38
mph with gusts as high as 50 mph. The strong winds briefly
reduced visibility to 1 1/2 miles in blowing dust at
In 1972...wind gusts to 68 mph were recorded at the National
Bureau of Standards in Boulder. Winds peaked to 54 mph in
downtown Boulder. Minor damage was reported. Northwest
winds gusted to 44 mph at Stapleton International Airport
where the strong chinook winds warmed the temperature to
a high of 80 degrees...equaling the record maximum for the
6-7 In 1872...rain changed to snow overnight. Snow with high
north winds continued all day on the 7th. Precipitation
(rain and melted snow) totaled 0.50 inch. Due to problems
on the lines...the morning weather report was not sent by
telegraph until 3:10 PM and the midnight report was not
sent at all.
In 1957...heavy snowfall totaled 6.6 inches at Stapleton
Airport where north winds gusted to 46 mph. This was the
second heavy snow event in less than 4 days.
In 1969...winds gusting as high as 50 to 60 mph caused only
light damage along the eastern foothills. The strong
winds contributed to the spread of a forest fire near
Boulder. Sustained winds of 25 mph with gusts to 53 mph
were recorded in Boulder. Southwest winds gusted to 38
mph on the 6th and 44 mph on the 7th at Stapleton
In 1980...high winds howled along the foothills each day. A
wind gust to 72 mph was recorded in Lakewood. The strong
winds blew a camper top off a pickup truck in Denver. At
Stapleton International Airport...west winds gusted to 41
mph on both days.
In 1998...a spring storm brought a mix of snow and thunder
to metro Denver...the foothills...and Palmer Divide. Conifer
and Elizabeth both measured 4 inches of new snow. On the
6th...only 0.1 inch of snow fell at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport where thunder was heard
on both days. Precipitation totaled 0.60 inch at Denver
International Airport where west winds gusted to 43 mph
on the 6th.
6-8 In 1973...a major spring snow storm dumped 11.6 inches of
snowfall over metro Denver. North wind gusts of 30 to 35
mph produced some blowing snow. Most of the heavy wet snow...
10.1 inches...fell on the 7th when temperatures remained
in the 20`s. Snow accumulated on the ground to a maximum
depth of 9 inches. Low temperature of 5 degrees on the
8th was a new record minimum for the date and the lowest
for so late in the season.