Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 250959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN DEC 25 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
20-25 In 1983...an extremely bitter cold spell occurred. The
temperature remained below zero for 115 hours in Denver...
the longest sub-zero period on record. The mercury dipped
to 21 degrees below zero on the 21st...the coldest recorded
temperature in over 20 years. The cold was accompanied
by winds that plunged chill factors to 50 to 70 degrees
below zero. Two people froze to death in Denver; both
were found outside dead of exposure. Numerous cases of
frostbite were reported. Hundreds of water pipes broke
from the intense cold...water mains and natural gas lines
also fractured...and electricity consumption reached record
levels. Light snow totaling 5.8 inches fell at times...and
holiday traffic was delayed at Stapleton International
Airport for several hours. Eight daily temperature records
were set at the time. The all-time record low maximum
temperature for the month of 8 degrees below zero on the
21st still stands today. Other temperature records still
standing include record low maximum temperatures of 5
degrees below zero on both the 22nd and 23rd and 4 degrees
below zero on the 24th.
24-25 In 1891...heavy snowfall of 7.0 inches in downtown Denver
provided a white Christmas. Most of the snow...6.5 inches...
fell on the 24th. Northwest winds were sustained to 30
mph with gusts to 40 mph on the 24th.
In 1894...snow began falling during the evening of the 24th...
ended during the early afternoon of the 25th...and totaled
6.4 inches in downtown Denver. Northwest winds were
sustained to 26 mph with gusts to 30 mph on the 24th. The
maximum snow depth on the ground was 5 inches. The high
temperature was only 18 degrees on the 25th after a low of
In 1980...strong chinook winds of 50 to 60 mph occurred in the
foothills with a wind gust to 90 mph recorded at Wondervu.
West winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton International
Airport on the 25th.
In 1997...a relatively rare Christmas snowstorm blanketed
much of northeastern Colorado. Snowfall in and near
the Front Range foothills and south of metro Denver ranged
from 5 to 8 inches. Elsewhere...new snow accumulations were
generally 1 to 3 inches. Snowfall totaled only 1.5 inches
at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
North winds gusted to 29 mph at Denver International
Airport on the 24th.
In 2012...a winter-like weather moved into northeast Colorado
on Christmas Eve as an upper level trough and a strong cold
front moved through the region. At Denver International
Airport...2.5 inches of snow fell from Christmas Eve through
Christmas morning. The high temperatures on Christmas Day
only reached 16 degrees...which was the coldest day of the
25 In 1873...northwest winds were sustained to 36 mph during
the morning and to 48 mph in the evening. The chinook
winds warmed the temperature to a high of 53 degrees.
In 1883...gusty very strong winds raked Boulder...causing
11 hundred dollars in damage.
In 1985...Table Mesa in Boulder was buffeted by wind gusts
to 68 mph.
In 1993...occasional high winds occurred over portions of the
higher foothills west of Boulder and Denver. A wind gust
to 87 mph was recorded on Squaw Mountain...and a gust to 83
mph occurred at Rollinsville. Northwest winds gusted to
to 35 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 2007...a winter storm brought heavy snow to the Front Range
of Colorado. The heaviest snow fell near the foothills of
Boulder...Douglas and Jefferson Counties. The snow caused
accidents throughout the Denver metropolitan area.
Gusty winds produced snow drifts from 2 to 3.5 feet
in depth. Total snowfall for the calendar day in Denver
was 7.8 inches...setting a new record for Christmas day.
The measurement was taken at the former Stapleton
International Airport; the previous record was 6.2 inches...
set in 1894. Storm totals in the Front Range Foothills
included: 13.5 inches at Coal Creek Canyon; 12 inches...5
miles east-southeast of Aspen Park; 11 inches; 6 miles
southwest of Kassler; 10.5 inches at Eldorado Springs.
Elsewhere...storm totals ranged from 5 to 10 inches.
In the Urban Corridor storm totals included: 9 inches
near Elizabeth; 8 inches in southwest Denver...Highlands
Ranch...Marston Reservoir and Wheat Ridge; 7.5 inches in
Arvada; 7 inches in Centenniel and Lakewood; 6.5 inches
in Aurora and 8 miles southeast of Watkins; 6 inches in
Boulder...Englewood and Parker. Elsewhere...storm totals
ranged from 3 to 5 inches.
25-26 In 1904...after a warm Christmas Day with a high temperature
of 50 degrees...a late day cold front plunged temperatures
to a low of 7 degrees...produced northeast winds sustained
to 40 mph with gusts to 54 mph...and produced 5.2 inches of
snow overnight for a late white Christmas. The maximum
temperature on the 26th was only 16 degrees.
In 2014...a winter storm brought a rare Christmas Day
snowfall to the Front Range Foothills and Urban Corridor...
from the afternoon of the 25th to the evening of the 26th.
Storm totals included: 12.5 inches...4 miles west of Boulder;
12 inches...4 miles southwest of Eldorado Springs and 4
miles south of Golden; 11 inches at Genesee; 10 inches near
Allenspark...5 miles west of Chatfield Reservoir...5 miles
southwest of Golden and near Tiny Town; 8 inches in Lakewood
and Louisville; 7.5 inches in Niwot; 7 inches in Longmont;
with 6 inches in Broomfield and Frederick. At Denver
International Airport...5.1 inches of snowfall was observed.
25-31 In 1980...temperatures were unusually warm during the week
between Christmas and New Year`s. High temperatures for
the week ranged from the mid-50`s to the mid-70`s. Four
temperature records were set. Record highs occurred on
the 26th with 68 degrees...the 27th with 75 degrees...and
the 30th with 71 degrees. A record high minimum
temperature of 41 degrees occurred on the 27th.