Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 150959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST TUE NOV 15 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
12-15 In 1909...light snowfall totaled 6.7 inches in downtown
Denver over the 4 days. This was the first measurable
snowfall of the season. Northeast winds were sustained
to 15 mph on the 12th.
14-15 In 1917...overnight rainfall was 0.03 inch. This was the
only measurable precipitation of the month...making it
the 5th driest November on record.
In 1985...3 to 6 inches of snow fell across metro Denver.
Snowfall totaled 3.8 inches at Stapleton International
Airport where northeast winds gusted to only 13 mph.
In 2005...a winter storm that brought heavy snow to the
mountains also spread heavy snow into the foothills to
the west of Denver. Snowfall totals included: 14 inches
at Aspen Springs...13 inches near Pinecliffe...and 12 inches
near Nederland. Interstate 70 along with U.S. Highway 40
had to be closed near Idaho Springs due to snow...poor
visibility in blowing snow...numerous accidents...and an
increased avalanche danger. High winds were recorded in
the foothills on the 14th. Winds gusted to 89 mph at
Georgetown and to 91 mph on Sugarloaf Mountain west of
Boulder. Strong microburst winds associated with a
dissipating rain shower gusted to 61 mph at Denver
International Airport on the 14th.
In 2009...a storm system produced heavy snow over parts of
Front Range Foothills...Urban Corridor and Palmer Divide.
Storms totals in the Front Range Foothills included:
13.5 inches...6 miles southwest of Evergreen and near
Genesee; 13 inches...3 miles northwest of Idledale; 12
inches...3 miles north of Conifer and near Kittredge; 11
inches...12 miles southwest of Boulder and 3 miles
southeast of Indian Hills and at Strontia Springs Dam;
10 inches near Bailey...Bergen Park and Crow Hill; 9.5
inches near Blackhawk and 4 miles east-northeast of
Nederland. Across the Urban Corridor and Palmer Divide
storm totals included: 12 inches at Highlands Ranch...11
inches...5 miles south-southwest of Arapahoe Park and
Louviers; 10 inches...4 miles south of Denver; 9 inches
near Englewood...Lakewood...and Wheat Ridge; 8 inches at
Aurora and 3 miles south-southwest of Castle Pines; 7.5
inches...3 miles southeast of Denver; with 7 inches 2
miles north-northeast of Commerce City. At Denver
International Airport...7.3 inches of snowfall was
14-18 In 1964...the first measurable snowfall of the season
totaled 6.0 inches at Stapleton International Airport
where northeast winds gusted to 32 mph on the 14th.
Most of the snow...4.2 inches...fell on the 14th. This
was the only measurable snow of the month.
15 In 1902...4.0 inches of snow fell over downtown Denver.
This was the only measurable snow of the month.
Northeast winds were sustained to 18 mph with gusts
to 20 mph.
In 1906...strong winds howled and roared across Boulder...
causing several thousand dollars in damage. The strong
winds caused one fatality and minor injuries to others.
West winds were sustained to 46 mph in downtown Denver
where the strong chinook winds warmed the temperature to
a high of 74 degrees.
In 1944...the low temperature dipped to 32 degrees. This
is the latest date of the first freeze in Denver.
In 1949...a trace of rain fell. Another trace of rain on the
11th was the only precipitation of the month...making the
month one of the driest Novembers on record and the least
snowiest with no snow. This was the first November since
1882 without snow.
In 1960...strong winds caused 2 thousand dollars damage to a
new school building in Boulder where wind gusts were
estimated to 70 mph. Wind gusts to 40 mph were recorded in
downtown Denver. Damage occurred to utility lines...signs...
and trees. Northwest winds gusted to 44 mph at Stapleton
In 1986...strong chinook winds howled over the Front Range
foothills. The highest wind gust...81 mph...was recorded at
Table Mesa in Boulder. West winds gusted to 31 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1987...the first measurable snow of the season was also a
major snowstorm. The snow combined with strong winds to
close I-70 east of Denver and I-25 to Colorado Springs.
Snow accumulations ranged from 6 to 9 inches across metro
Denver with 10 to 20 inches in the foothills. At Stapleton
International Airport...6.1 inches of snow fell and north
winds gusted to 47 mph reducing the visibility to as low
as 1/8 mile in heavy snow. Strong north winds at 20 to 30
mph with frequent gusts to 40 mph and temperatures hovering
around 30 degrees plunged wind chill temperatures to
5 below zero.
In 1988...the season`s first snow storm hit metro Denver.
The storm dumped 2 to 5 inches of snow...which caused
numerous traffic snarls and accidents. North wind gusts
to 43 mph caused some blowing snow. Snowfall totaled 2.5
inches at Stapleton International Airport. This was the
latest first snow of the season. No traces of snow
had occurred earlier in the season.
In 2010...the combination of light snow...wind...black ice and
careless driving resulted in a 34-vehicle crash along
Interstate 25 north of Monument. Five tractor-trailers were
involved in the pileup. Although there were no fatalities...
18 people were seriously injured and taken to nearby
hospitals. The northbound lanes of I-25 were closed for
several hours...snarling the traffic between Denver and
15-16 In 1894...winds behind an apparent strong cold front were
sustained to 60 mph with gusts to 75 mph on the 15th.
Snowfall totaled 2.6 inches in the city. Temperatures
plunged from a high of 72 degrees on the 15th to a low
of only 5 degrees on the 16th. The high temperature
on the 16th was 24 degrees...which occurred shortly
In 1996...around a foot of new snow fell in the foothills
west of Denver with 3 to 6 inches at lower elevations
across metro Denver. Some of the snowfall totals
included: 15 inches at Georgetown...12 inches at Idaho
Springs...10 inches at Chief Hosa...and 9 inches in Coal
Creek Canyon. Snowfall totaled 2.9 inches at the site
of the former Stapleton International Airport. Northeast
winds gusted to 23 mph at Denver International Airport on
15-17 In 1991...a strong winter storm dumped heavy snow over metro
Denver. Snowfall amounts totaled 15 inches at Castle Rock
and Conifer...14 inches at Morrison and Parker...12 inches in
southeast Aurora...and 11.6 inches at Stapleton International
Airport. Winds were light with the storm.