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National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
645 PM MDT SAT APR 2 2016
...This week in metro Denver weather history...
31-3 In 1979...total snowfall of 6.6 inches was measured at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 31 mph on the 31st. The greatest accumulation of snow
on the ground was 3 inches on the 1st.
31-4 In 1905...much rain and some snow occurred over the 5 days
behind an apparent cold front. Precipitation totaled 2.00
inches. There was a thunderstorm on the 3rd. Snowfall
totaled 3.0 inches on the 4th. North winds were sustained
to 34 mph on the 1st and 2nd and to 30 mph on the 3rd.
High temperatures during the period ranged from the upper
30`s to the lower 40`s. Low temperatures were in the upper
20`s and lower 30`s.
1-3 In 1945...snow fell across metro Denver for a total of 51
consecutive hours. While the storm was not accompanied by
excessive snow...the long duration made the event a heavy
snow producer. Snowfall totaled 10.7 inches in downtown
Denver with 9.5 inches recorded at Stapleton Airport. North
winds were sustained to 21 mph on the 1st; otherwise winds
were not strong. The air mass was very cold for April.
The high temperatures of 26 on the 2nd and 17 on the 3rd
were record low maximums for the dates. The latter was also
a record low maximum for the month. Warm weather following
the storm quickly melted the snow.
In 1973...heavy snow fell at Stapleton International Airport
where 8.7 inches were measured. Snow began late on the 1st
and continued through early morning on the 3rd. Thunder
accompanied the snow during the late morning and afternoon
of the 2nd. North winds gusted to 33 mph on the 2nd and
37 mph on the 3rd. Snow only accumulated to a depth of
5 inches on the ground due to melting.
In 1977 a foot of snow fell in Boulder and Broomfield. The
Denver-Boulder Turnpike was closed for an hour after
numerous minor traffic accidents. At Stapleton
International Airport...snowfall totaled 4.7 inches and
southeast winds gusted to 32 mph on the 2nd. The greatest
depth of snow on the ground was only 3 inches due to
2-3 In 1955...strong west to southwest winds raked metro Denver on
both days. Sustained winds as high as 37 mph with gusts to
60 mph were recorded at Stapleton Airport where the
visibility was reduced to 1/4 mile in blowing dust.
In 1974...a heavy snowfall of 6.7 inches was accompanied by
northeast wind gusts to 33 mph which produced some blowing
snow across metro Denver. Over eastern Colorado many
highways and schools were closed due to near-blizzard
conditions from the storm.
In 1986...the worst snow storm of the season blasted metro
Denver. Heavy snow and high winds combined to close roads...
schools...and airports. Portions of all interstate highways
out of Denver were closed at times. The snow came after an
exceptionally mild late winter and early spring; trees and
bushes had already bloomed and leafed out. The snow and
wind snapped many of these...causing power outages. Total
snowfall amounts in metro Denver ranged from 1 to 2 feet
with 2 to 3 feet in the foothills. Snowfall totaled 12.6
inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds
gusting to 39 mph reduced the visibility to 1/8 mile in snow
and blowing snow. Most of the snow fell on the 3rd when
temperatures hovered around 30 degrees for most of the day.
The heavy snow halted traffic and closed businesses. A 59-
year-old man was found dead from exposure in northwest
Denver. The roof of a toy store in Northglenn collapsed.
A 100 thousand square foot section of a greenhouse roof
collapsed in Golden...destroying over a million dollars worth
In 2000...a combination of strong instability and moist upslope
winds allowed for a heavy...wet spring snowstorm to develop
in and near the Front Range foothills. The heaviest snow
occurred in southern Jefferson County. Storm totals
included: 14 inches near Conifer...12 inches near Evergreen
and on Floyd Hill; 11 inches near Blackhawk...Morrison...and
Tiny Town; 10 inches at Aspen Springs and Eldora Ski Area;
9 inches at Chief Hosa; and 8 inches at both Golden Gate
Canyon and Rollinsville. Only 2.1 inches of snow fell at
the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
North winds gusted to 36 mph at Denver International
Airport on the 2nd.
In 2014...a storm system brought moderate to heavy snow to
the Front Range Mountains...Foothills and Urban Corridor.
Storm totals in the mountains and foothills included: 21.5
inches...8 miles north of Blackhawk; 15.5 inches near
Rollinsville; 15 inches at Aspen Springs; 14.5 inches near
Ward; 12 inches...6 miles southwest of Evergreen; 11 inches at
Cabin Creek and 12 miles south-southwest of Georgetown; 10
inches at Winter Park; 8 inches near Conifer...Georgetown and
Gross Reservoir; with 7.5 inches at Bailey and Intercanyon.
In the Urban Corridor...storm totals included: 9.5 inches
near Highlands Ranch...7 inches at Boulder...6 inches near
Castle Rock...with 5.5 inches at Lakewood and near Morrison.
At Denver International Airport...3.4 inches of snowfall was
2-4 In 1934...snowfall totaled 8.2 inches in downtown Denver
from the afternoon of the 2nd through the early morning
of the 4th. Most of the snow...6.8 inches...fell on the 3rd.
Rain changed to snow behind a strong cold front on the
afternoon of the 2nd. The cold front first appeared as a
long-cigar shaped squall cloud to the north of the city.
Strong north winds at sustained speeds of 33 mph with
gusts to 43 mph produced much blowing dust and an abrupt
fall in temperature...from a high of 68 on the 2nd to a
low of 22 on the 3rd.
In 1964...a major storm dumped 10.9 inches of heavy wet snow
on Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
gusted to 35 mph. Most of the snow...10.0 inches...fell on
2-5 In 1918...snowfall totaled 12.4 inches over downtown Denver.
Most of the snow fell on the 3rd and 4th. Temperatures
were in the 20`s and 30`s. Northwest winds were sustained
to 24 mph on the 2nd.
3 In 1872...skies were cloudy and threatening until 11:30 AM
when it commenced to rain and continued to rain until
3:00 PM...when it turned into heavy snow with a very brisk
north wind. Snow continued all night. Telegraph wires
were downed between Denver and Cheyenne...and the night
report could not be sent. Precipitation (rain and melted
snow) measured 0.82 inch.
In 1887...north winds were sustained to 43 mph.
In 1894...northwest winds were sustained to 41 mph with gusts
to 50 mph. The warm chinook winds on the 2nd became a
bora as the temperature warmed to a high of only 52 degrees.
In 1900...southeast winds were sustained to 52 mph with gusts
as high as 61 mph.
In 1945...the temperature warmed to only 17 degrees...the
all-time record low maximum for the month.
In 1968...a snow storm of unusual severity for so late in the
season caused ground blizzard conditions with near zero
visibility in snow at times and severe drifting of snow
over portions of northeastern Colorado and metro Denver.
Highways were blocked to the north of Denver and to
Colorado Springs. Rain at the start of the storm
contributed to power and communications outages. In
metro Denver...snowfall totaled 7.0 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where north winds gusted to 45 mph.
In 1978...a tornado was sighted by a National Weather
Service observer 3 miles north of Stapleton International
Airport near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Security police
on the Arsenal called it a large dust devil...but four
commercial airline pilots confirmed the phenomenon as a
tornado or funnel cloud.
In 1981...a snowstorm hit northeastern Colorado...dumping 6 to
12 inches of snow in the foothills and 4 to 8 inches on the
plains north of Denver. Snowfall totaled only 2.0 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 24 mph.
In 1985...strong winds of 60 to 70 mph occurred in the
foothills. The driver of a car in Nederland was slightly
injured when the wind toppled an utility pole onto his
vehicle. Northwest winds gusted to 53 mph at Stapleton
International Airport where the visibility was briefly
reduced to 2 miles in blowing dust.
In 1989...a northwest wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 2011...high winds developing along the Front Range during
the early morning hours. Peak wind gusts included: 92 mph...
7 miles northwest of Berthoud; 75 mph...2 miles west of
Castle Rock; and 65 mph...2 miles west of Elbert. West
winds gusted to 49 mph at Denver International Airport.
3-5 In 1996...the foothills west of Denver received 6 to 8 inches
of new snow. Only 0.8 inch of snow fell at the site of
the former Stapleton International Airport...along with
some freezing drizzle on the 4th and 5th. North-northeast
winds gusted to 30 mph at Denver International Airport
on the 3rd.
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 In 1888...southwest winds were sustained to 40 mph.
In 1915...chinook winds from the northwest were sustained
to 40 mph with gusts to 43 mph. The winds warmed the
temperature from a low of 44 degrees to a high of 67
In 1935...light dust enveloped the city during the day
on southwest winds sustained to 23 mph with gusts to
In 1985...north winds gusted to 53 mph at Stapleton
International Airport where the visibility was briefly
reduced to less than a mile by blowing dust and a snow
In 1987...microburst winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton
In 1997...heavy snow developed over western portions of metro
Denver and along the Palmer Divide. As a strong surface
low pressure system intensified over the plains...moist
upslope flow developed across metro Denver producing
strong north winds at 20 to 40 mph and some blowing snow.
Snowfall totaled 12 inches at Conifer with 4 to 7 inches
at Crowhill...Evergreen...and Morrison. Thunderstorm rain
changed to snow across the city with 2.0 inches of snowfall
measured at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport where precipitation (rain and melted snow) totaled
0.70 inch. North-northwest winds gusted to 43 mph at Denver
4-5 In 1900...rain changed to heavy snow and totaled 7.8 inches in
downtown Denver overnight. A thunderstorm on the 4th
produced hail. Precipitation totaled 1.50 inches.
In 1911...north to northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph
on the 4th and to 41 mph on the 5th.
In 2002...a whitish-colored haze engulfed metro Denver on both
days. The haze was the result of a huge wind storm that
kicked up dust and sand from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia
and China during the latter half of March. Westerly winds
aloft transported the dust cloud across the Pacific Ocean
and over the western United States...depositing some of it
In 2009...a blizzard developed over the Northeast Plains of
Colorado. Most of the Urban Corridor was spared from the
blizzard...with the exception of eastern Adams and eastern
Arapahoe Counties. The combination of strong wind and
heavy snow snapped 14 power lines along State Highway 36...
near Strasburg. In Arapahoe County...7 poles were snapped
in Bennett. Interstate 70 was closed in both directions
east of Denver. At Denver International Airport...a peak
wind gust of 63 mph was observed from the north...breaking
the previous record of 62 mph established in 1986.
Officially...only 0.3 inches of snowfall was measured at
Denver International Airport.
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 In 1873...a heavy rain and hail shower in the afternoon
changed to snow...and accumulated to 6 inches on the
streets at 9:00 PM. Precipitation (rain and melted snow)
totaled 0.56 inch.
In 1925...southeast winds were sustained to 46 mph with gusts
to 50 mph. This was the strongest wind of the month that
In 1950...a well developed dust devil was observed 4 to 5
miles south-southwest of Stapleton Airport for about 8
In 1977...the earliest date of the last freeze of the season
occurred when the temperature dipped to a low of 31 degrees.
In 1988...a wind gust to 74 mph was recorded at Rollinsville.
West winds gusted to 35 mph at Stapleton International
In 1990...a heavy...wet snow fell in many areas in and along
the Colorado Front Range. Snowfall amounts of 4 to 7
inches were common around the Boulder area with lesser
amounts elsewhere. Only 2.0 inches of snow fell at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 28 mph. Icy roads contributed to numerous fender-benders
and a 20-vehicle pileup near the junction of I-70 and I-25
in the city.
In 2000...high winds developed in the Front Range foothills...
from about I-70 northward. Peak wind gusts included: 83
mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in
Boulder...75 mph near Louisville...and 70 mph at the National
Wind Technology Center...south of Boulder. West winds
gusted to 41 mph at Denver International Airport.
In 2005...a surface low pressure center deepened over eastern
Colorado and produced damaging high winds across metro
Denver. The strong wind gusts ranging from 50 to 70 mph
damaged roofs and fences. Cross-winds blew several empty
semi-trailers on their sides along I-70 and I-76 east of
Denver. Peak north wind gusts included: 60 mph near
Bennett and Keenesburg...59 mph near Brighton...and 53 mph
at Denver International Airport. Over the Palmer Divide
south of Denver...the high winds combined with heavy snow
to produce blizzard conditions. Snowfall accumulations
ranged from 3 to 8 inches over eastern Douglas and western
Elbert counties. Snowfall totals included: 8 inches at
Sedalia...4 inches near Castle Rock...and 3.5 inches near
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.
7 In 1906...north winds were sustained to 48 mph in the city.
In 1958...strong south winds blew most of the day across metro
Denver. A wind gust to 52 mph was recorded at Stapleton
In 1962...strong gusty winds associated with a cold front
caused considerable damage to power lines...signs...
buildings...and trees across metro Denver. In Boulder...an
outdoor movie screen...valued at 10 thousand dollars...was
wrecked. In Denver...a youth was injured when a car was
blown off a jack...pinning him underneath. Wind gusts to
61 mph were recorded at Stapleton Airport where visibility
was reduced to 1/2 mile in blowing dust. Snowfall totaled
2.6 inches at Stapleton Airport.
In 1971...wind gusts to 69 mph were recorded at the National
Bureau of Standards in Boulder. In downtown Boulder...winds
peaked to 54 mph. West winds gusted to 31 mph at Stapleton
In 1989...high winds occurred in the foothills west of Denver.
At Nederland west of Boulder...high winds damaged roofs...
toppled trees...and caused power outages. Winds estimated
as high as 90 mph in Georgetown overturned campers and even
semi-trailers on I-70 and damaged road signs. Three trailer
homes were blown off their foundations and a 50-foot tree
toppled onto the roof of a home...causing considerable
damage. Winds reached 94 mph at Rollinsville southwest of
Boulder. Northwest winds gusted to 43 mph at Stapleton
7-9 In 1913...heavy snowfall totaled 10.9 inches in downtown Denver
behind a cold front. Most of the snow fell on the 8th.
Northeast winds were sustained to 35 mph with gusts to 38
mph on the 9th.
In 1935...moderate dust blew into the city around 9:00 PM on
the 7th and persisted until early afternoon on the 9th.
Southeast winds were sustained to around 20 mph on the 7th
and 8th. Winds shifting to the west at sustained speeds
to 20 mph cleared the dust from the air on the 9th.
7-12 In 1959...snow falling over a 5-day period totaled 20 to 30
inches just east of the mountains...while over the plains
blizzard conditions closed schools and blocked highways.
The second big storm in two weeks dumped 16.4 inches of
snowfall on Stapleton Airport with the most...11.6 inches...
occurring on the 8th. East winds gusted to 37 mph on the
9th. Temperatures dipped into the single digits on the
mornings of the 7th and 12th when 7 degrees were
registered. The cold temperatures caused streets to
glaze with ice...resulting in the death of a pedestrian
who was struck by a car in Denver. Three people died from
heart attacks while shoveling the heavy...wet snow.
8 In 1885...dense smoke polluted the air until noon.
In 1887...south winds were sustained to 42 mph.
In 1890...northwest winds were sustained to 48 mph with
gusts as high as 60 mph.
In 2005...a mixture of strong pressure gradient winds coupled
with thunderstorm outflow winds produced high winds across
metro Denver. The high winds downed power lines and
knocked out electricity to about 19 thousand customers
on the east side of metro Denver. High wind reports
included gusts to 68 mph in Longmont...61 mph near Castle
Rock...59 mph at Centennial Airport...and 54 mph at Denver
8-9 In 2013...heavy snow developed in and near the Front Range
Foothills and Palmer Divide as an upper level trough made
its way across southern Colorado. Snowfall was enhanced
locally with the presence of an upper level jet. Storm
totals included: 23 inches near Eldorado Springs...18
inches just west of Boulder...16.5 inches near Orodell...15
inches...4 miles west-northwest of Boulder; 13 inches at
Gold Hill; 12 inches at the National Weather Service
Office in Boulder...11 inches in Ken Caryl; 8.5 inches near
Morrison; 8 inches at Genesee and Roxborough Park; 7.5
inches near Arapahoe Park; with 6.5 inches at Denver
8-10 In 1999...a windstorm caused 20 million dollars in damage
along the Front Range Urban Corridor from Fort Collins
south to Pueblo and to the east over the plains...making
the storm equal to the costliest windstorm ever...which
occurred in Boulder on January 17...1982. In metro Denver...
several homes were damaged as shingles were blown off roofs.
Large pieces of a roof torn off a strip mall in Lakewood
damaged several cars in a parking lot. Most of the damage
to homes consisted of broken fences...awnings...doors...and
windows. Scores of automobiles suffered broken or cracked
windshields and paint damage from flying debris. Multiple
accidents were triggered as several tractor-trailer rigs
were blown on their sides by the strong cross-winds.
Blowing dust and dirt caused near zero visibilities at
times. Both I-25 and I-76 were closed north and northeast
of Denver. State Highway 93 was closed between Golden and
Boulder. Several trees...power poles...and power lines were
downed...causing a number of outages as well as sparking a
few small grass fires. Highest wind gusts reached 112 mph
atop Niwot Ridge near the Continental Divide west of
Boulder...102 mph at Wondervu...100 mph at the National Center
for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab in Boulder...98 mph at the
National Wind Technology Center near Broomfield...96 mph on
Rocky Flats...92 mph at Jefferson County Airport near
Broomfield and on the University of Colorado campus in
Boulder...and 90 mph at Highlands Ranch in southwest metro
Denver. Winds gusted to 48 mph at Denver International
9 In 1950...strong southwest winds gusting to 58 mph reduced the
visibility to 1 mile in blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.
Scattered minor wind damage...consisting of falling tree
branches and damage to signs...occurred across metro Denver.
In 1989...6 to 12 inches of snow fell at many locations in the
Front Range foothills. Boulder received 6 to 8 inches.
Five inches (5.0 inches) of snow fell at Stapleton
International Airport...causing 2 hour flight delays.
I-25 south of Denver was closed for 4 hours due to a 100-
car traffic pileup. North winds gusted to 33 mph at
Stapleton International Airport where the maximum snow
depth on the ground was only 3 inches due to melting.
9-10 In 1900...rain changed to heavy snow and totaled 6.8 inches
in downtown Denver overnight. A thunderstorm occurred
on the 9th. North winds were sustained to 32 mph with
gusts to 38 mph on the 10th. Precipitation totaled
In 1933...post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 9.4 inches
in downtown Denver. East winds were sustained to 21 mph
with gusts to 22 mph on the 9th.
In 1944...7.0 inches of snow fell on downtown Denver.
Northeast winds were sustained to 24 mph on the 9th.
In 1977...the two warmest days of the month resulted in two
temperature records being set. High temperature of 81
degrees on the 9th set a new record maximum for the date.
High temperature of 80 degrees on the 10th equaled the
record maximum for the date. The unusually warm weather
for so early in April produced a late afternoon
thunderstorm on the 10th.
In 1993...strong downslope winds occurred along the Front
Range. While the strongest winds were in the foothills
north of Denver...wind gusts to 69 mph were recorded at
Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield. Northwest winds
gusted to 39 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 2004...a spring storm brought heavy snow to metro Denver.
The heaviest snow fell in the foothills and over and near
higher terrain. Snowfall totals included: 20 inches
near Jamestown; 18 inches atop Gold Hill; 17 inches near
Evergreen; 15 inches at Nederland and Eldora; 13 inches
at Blackhawk; 11 inches at Aspen Springs; 9 inches in
Louisville; 8 inches at Ken Caryl; 6 inches at Niwot...
near Sedalia...and in Thornton; 5 inches in Lakewood...
Lyons...and Westminster. Snowfall was 4.4 inches at
Denver Stapleton. Northwest winds gusted to 21 mph
at Denver International Airport.
In 2008...A very moist storm brought heavy snow to parts
of the Front Range Foothills. Storm totals included:
12.5 inches at Aspen Springs...11 inches just southwest
of Conifer; with 10.5 inches near Central City and
6 miles southwest of Evergreen. Lesser amounts of 5
to 9 inches were observed elsewhere. North winds
gusted to 43 mph at Denver International Airport on the
10th...and 1.8 inches of snow fell at the former Stapleton
9-11 In 1951...heavy snowfall totaled 9.4 inches at Stapleton
Airport. The storm was accompanied by strong northeast
winds gusting to 43 mph.
In 1953...heavy snowfall occurred at Stapleton Airport where
7.9 inches of snow were measured. North winds gusted to
In 1994...6 to 14 inches of heavy snow buried much of eastern
Colorado...closing many schools and I-70 from east of Denver
to the Kansas border. Rain changed to snow on the 9th...and
snow continued through the 11th. Snowfall totaled 5.7
inches at Stapleton International Airport...but maximum
snow depth on the ground was only 3 inches on the 10th due
to melting. East winds gusted to 26 mph on the 9th.
In 1995...a major spring storm dumped 8 to 16 inches of snow
in the foothills west of Denver. Snowfall totaled 8.3
inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport...but most of the snow melted as it fell with the
maximum snow depth on the ground of only 2 inches. Five-to
6-inch snow accumulations occurred over southern portions
of metro Denver and eastward onto the plains. Northeast
winds gusted to 36 mph at Denver International Airport on
the 10th. I-70 was closed for several hours east of
Watkins to the Kansas border due to drifting snow and near
whiteout conditions. High temperature of only 29 degrees
on the 10th was a record low maximum for the date.
9-12 In 1901...rain changed to snow and totaled 10.8 inches in
downtown Denver over the 4 days. Northeast winds were
sustained to 28 mph with gusts to 31 mph on the 11th.
Temperatures hovered in the 30`s.