Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 030959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SAT DEC 3 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
1-5 In 1913...the 1st marked the start of the heaviest 5-day
total snowfall in the city`s history. During this period
snowfall totaled 45.7 inches. Starting on the 1st...snow
fell intermittently for 3 days and accumulated a little
over 8 inches. On the 4th and 5th...an additional 37.4
inches of snow fell. At Georgetown in the foothills west
of Denver even more snow fell...86 inches over the 5 days
with the most...63 inches...on the 4th. In Colorado...snowfall
was heavy along the eastern slopes of the mountains from the
Palmer Divide north. High winds during the storm caused
heavy drifting...which blocked all transportation. Snow
cover of an inch or more from the storm persisted for
60 consecutive days from the 1st through January 29...1914.
Additional snowfall in December and January prolonged the
number of days. This is the third longest period of snow
cover on record in the city.
2-3 In 1955...snowfall totaled only 2.9 inches at Stapleton
Airport. This was the only measurable snowfall of the
In 1973...post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 7.6 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
gusting to 37 mph caused some blowing snow.
In 1990...strong downslope winds raked the eastern foothills
and most of metro Denver. A wind gust to 87 mph was
recorded at Rollinsville with wind gusts to 58 mph in
Arvada and 55 mph in Lakewood. West winds gusted to
48 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 2nd.
In 1997...heavy snow fell in the foothills. Conifer
received 10 inches of new snow. Snowfall totaled
only 2.4 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport on the 1st...2nd...and 3rd. North
winds gusted to 24 mph at Denver International Airport
on the 2nd.
2-4 In 1909...post-frontal snowfall totaled 6.1 inches in
downtown Denver. Most of the snow...5.9 inches...fell
between 6:00 PM on the 2nd and 6:00 PM on the 3rd.
North winds were sustained to 18 mph on both the 2nd
2-17 In 1939...more than 2 weeks of unseasonably warm weather
made the month the 3rd warmest on record. Seven daily
temperature records were set...including the all time
record high temperature for the month of 79 degrees on
the 5th. Daytime highs were balmy with 14 days in the
60`s and 70`s. Low temperatures dipped to freezing or
below on only 5 days. The period was dry with only a
trace of snow on the 12th.
3 In 1977...high winds continued in Boulder and were clocked
from 74 to 90 mph...causing only minor damage. Northwest
winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton International Airport
where the strong chinook winds warmed the temperature to
a high of 63 degrees.
In 1985...wind gusts to 78 mph were clocked at Table Mesa in
Boulder. Winds gusted to 70 mph at Echo Lake west of
In 2011...Another round of snow developed in and near the
Front Range Foothills. The heaviest snowfall occurred in
the foothills of Boulder and northern Jefferson Counties.
Storm totals included: 13 inches...7 miles southwest of
Boulder; 10.5 inches...4 miles east-northeast of Nederland;
10 inches at Genesee; 9.5 inches...4 miles west-northwest
of Boulder; 9 inches at Gross Reservoir and 4 miles east
of Pinecliffe. Around the Urban Corridor...storm totals
ranged from 3 to 8 inches...heaviest in and around Boulder.
At Denver International Airport...3 inches of snow fell.
3-4 In 1968...strong chinook winds in Boulder gusting to 52 mph
downtown caused 7 thousand dollars in damage. Flying
debris damaged cars...houses...and other property in Boulder.
West winds gusted to 49 mph late on the 3rd and to 45 mph
on the 4th at Stapleton International Airport where the
temperature climbed to a high of 60 degrees on the 4th.
In 1970...strong winds whistled through Boulder. Sustained
winds of 40 mph with gusts to 70 mph were recorded at the
National Bureau of Standards in Boulder. Wind gusts to 50
mph occurred in downtown Denver. No damage was reported.
On the 3rd...northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton
International Airport where the chinook winds warmed the
temperature to a high of 66 degrees on the 4th.
In 1999...heavy snow fell over the foothills and metro Denver.
The heaviest snowfall occurred in the foothills south of
I-70 and near the Palmer Divide. Snowfall totals included:
25 inches near Tiny Town; 18 inches at Conifer; 15 inches
near Evergreen; 14 inches at Chief Hosa...8 miles west of
Castle Rock...and near Blackhawk; 12 inches at Pine Junction
and 8 miles south of Sedalia; 11 inches atop Floyd Hill and
in Roxborough; and 10 inches at Castle Rock. Around metro
Denver...snowfall totals included: 10 inches at Highlands
Ranch...9 inches at Parker...and 8 inches in Aurora and
Wheat Ridge. Elsewhere around the metro area...snowfall
generally ranged from 3 to 5 inches. Only 3.2 inches of
snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport. North winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver
International Airport on the 3rd.
In 2007...high winds developed in and near the Front Range
Foothills. Peak wind reports included: 88 mph atop Niwot
Ridge; 87 mph atop Mines Peak; 80 mph...3 miles southeast of
Jamestown; 78 mph at Longmont; 74 mph at Table Mesa. A
few power outages occurred in Longmont as broken branches
downed power lines. Northwest winds gusted to 38 mph at
Denver International Airport on the 4th.
In 2013...a storm system brought heavy snow to parts of the
Front Range Foothills. Storm totals included: 12 inches...
7 miles west-southwest of Evergreen; 10.5 inches...3 miles
north of Bailey; 9.5 inches...3 miles west of Jamestown and
5 miles northeast of Ward; 9 inches in Bailey...8.5 inches...
3 miles north of Conifer.
3-15 In 1972...a protracted cold spell held an icy grip on metro
Denver when maximum temperatures never reached above
freezing for 10 consecutive days from the 3rd through
the 12th and minimum temperatures dipped below zero on
eleven consecutive days from the 5th through the 15th.
Daily low temperature records were set with 15 degrees
below zero on the 5th...17 degrees below zero on the 6th...
and 18 degrees below zero on the 10th. Daily record low
maximum readings were set with 3 degrees on the 6th and
6 degrees on the 9th. The very cold temperatures were
caused by 3 to 5 inches of snow cover and a Canadian air