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Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 040959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SAT MAR 4 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
2-4 In 1963...heavy wet snow was accompanied by strong gusty winds
across metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 11.6 inches at
Stapleton Airport where north winds gusting to 44 mph
caused much blowing and drifting snow. Hazardous driving
conditions resulted in many traffic accidents.
In 1976...snowfall totaled 8.0 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where...on the 4th...northeast winds
gusted to 31 mph reducing the visibility to as low as 1/4
mile. Maximum snow depth on the ground was 7 inches. Nine
inches of snow were measured in Boulder.
3-4 In 1932...a dust storm occurred on the 3rd during the late
afternoon. North winds gusting as high as 38 mph behind
a cold front kicked up much blowing dust. Light snow
developed during the evening and continued through the
early morning of the 4th. Snowfall totaled 2.7 inches.
In 1934...strong winds raked Boulder. A wind gust to 62 mph
was recorded at Valmont just east of Boulder. The strong
winds caused hundreds of dollars of damage in Boulder.
In 1981...the most vigorous snow storm of the season struck
the state...closing many schools and most highways
connecting Denver...Colorado Springs...and Limon. North
winds gusting to 43 mph whipped nearly 10 inches of snow
in Denver into 3-foot drifts and snarled traffic on the
morning of the the 4th. Snowfall totaled 9.8 inches at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1989...a storm dumped 2 to 6 inches of snow across metro
Denver. The snow caused 2-hour air traffic delays at
Stapleton International Airport where 3.0 inches of snow
fell and north winds gusted to 23 mph on the 3rd. There
were many traffic accidents across metro Denver. I-70 was
closed east of Denver for a time on the 3rd.
In 1991...high winds raked the eastern foothills. Wind gusts
of 60 to 90 mph were common with 119 mph recorded at
Wondervu southwest of Boulder...106 mph on Shanahan Ridge
and 92 mph at Table Mesa...both in southwest Boulder.
Several trees were uprooted and traffic signs and lights
blown over. Flying debris caused damage to homes...
buildings...and cars. In Boulder...a stop sign was blown
onto a car. There were no reports of injuries. Southwest
winds gusting as high as 48 mph briefly reduced the
prevailing visibility to as low as 1/16th mile in blowing
dust at Stapleton International Airport on the 4th.
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 In 1887...snowfall was only 0.1 inch. This was the earliest
last measurable snow of the season.
In 1971...a wind gust to 102 mph was recorded at the National
Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. A wind gust to
83 mph was measured at the National Bureau of Standards.
In downtown Boulder...sustained winds reached 35 mph with
gusts as high as 57 mph. No significant damage was
reported. West winds gusted to only 28 mph at Stapleton
In 1982...brief heavy snow accompanied by a few thunderstorms
struck metro Denver. Lightning struck a house in Arvada
setting it afire. The thunderstorm produced 5 inches of
snowfall in a 2-hour period in Wheat Ridge. The snow
made roads very icy and slick causing a 59-car pile-up on
I-70 in north Denver. Snowfall with thunder totaled only
1.3 inches at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1997...a fast moving Pacific storm produced heavy snow
in the foothills. Snowfall at Conifer measured 9 inches.
Only light snow fell elsewhere over metro Denver. Snowfall
totaled only 1.2 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport. North northeast winds gusted to
28 mph at Denver International Airport.
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.