Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 010959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN JAN 1 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
31-1 In 1900...low temperatures dipped to 19 degrees below zero on
both days to establish daily record minimum temperatures.
In 1975...only 4.2 inches of snow fell at Stapleton
International Airport...while north of Denver a major
blizzard raged. All roads north of Denver into Wyoming
were closed when strong winds whipped snow into 5 to 6
foot drifts. North winds gusted to 43 mph at Stapleton
International Airport on the 31st...causing some blowing
snow. Freezing drizzle also fell on the 31st.
In 1984...heavy snow fell in the foothills with 8 inches at
Boulder and 6 inches in southern and western metro Denver.
Only 1.5 inches of snow fell overnight at Stapleton
In 1991...a New Year`s Eve snow storm dumped 2 to 8 inches of
snow across northeastern Colorado. Snowfall totaled 3.4
inches at Stapleton International Airport. The 1.9 inches
of snow that fell on the 31st was the only measurable
snowfall of the month.
In 2008...another brief period of high winds occurred in and
near the foothills of Boulder and Jefferson Counties. In
Nederland...the strong wind snapped a blue spruce which
landed on a nearby propane tank. Some roofs in the
immediate area were damaged and power lines were downed;
which left 126 residences without electricity for six
hours. Peak wind gusts included 90 mph at the National
Wind Technology Center...and 89 mph; 6 miles northwest of
Boulder. At Denver International Airport...a peak wind gust
of 23 mph was measured from the southwest.
31-6 In 1973...the 31st marked the start of a protracted cold spell
that extended into January of 1974 when temperatures
dipped below zero on 7 consecutive days. Record daily
minimum readings occurred on the 3rd and 5th when the
temperature plunged to 17 degrees below zero on both days.
A record low daily maximum temperature of only 4 degrees
occurred on the 5th.
31-7 In 1941...a protracted cold spell through January 7...1942...
produced below zero low temperatures on 7 of the 8 days.
A low temperature of 2 degrees on the 3rd prevented a
string of 8 days below zero. The coldest days during the
period were the 1st with a high of 2 degrees and
a low of 9 degrees below zero...the 4th with a high of 2
degrees and a low of 11 degrees below zero...and the 5th
with a high of 26 degrees and a low of 12 degrees below
1 In 1875...the temperature fell 27 degrees between 3:00 PM and
5:00 PM. The high for the day was 43 degrees...and the low
was 8 degrees. Occasional snow flurries fell during the
day...but not enough to cover the ground.
In 1885...dense smoke choked the skies over downtown Denver
In 1910...a rare trace of light rain fell during the morning.
In 1911...post-frontal northeast winds were sustained to 40 mph.
Only a trace of snow fell in downtown Denver.
In 1952...snowfall of 0.03 inch was the only measurable snowfall
of the month and resulted in 0.01 inch of melted snow...the
only precipitation of the month.
In 1956...west-northwest winds gusted to 52 mph at Stapleton
In 1996...the first snow storm of the New Year dumped more
than a foot of snow in the Front Range foothills with 4 to
9 inches across the western and southern sections of metro
Denver. Snow totals included: 14 inches at Conifer; 11
inches at Evergreen; and 10 inches at Eldora Ski Resort...
west of Boulder. Snowfall totaled only 1.2 inches at the
site of the former Stapleton International Airport. North-
northeast winds gusted to 30 mph at Denver International
In 2003...only a trace of snow fell at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport. This...along with a trace
of snow on the 22nd...was the only snow of the month...which
equaled the 1934 record for the least snowiest January.
1-2 In 1896...warm chinook winds on the 1st became cold bora winds
on the 2nd. Southwest winds sustained to 60 mph with gusts
as high as 66 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 55
degrees on the 1st. Northwest winds sustained to 54 mph
with gusts to 60 mph resulted in snowfall of 0.3 inch and
a high temperature of only 31 degrees on the 2nd.
1-5 In 1940...the first days of the month were characterized by a
mixture of drizzle...light snow...and fog. Fog occurred on
each day. On the 4th and 5th considerable glazing resulted
from freezing drizzle. All objects were coated with a
glaze on the windward side. This resulted in very slippery
streets...which caused several minor traffic accidents. The
glaze was not heavy enough to damage wires and cables.