Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT TUE APR 26 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
24-26 In 1924...post-frontal rain changed to snow...which became
heavy and totaled 10.2 inches over downtown Denver. The
greatest amount of snow on the ground was 6.0 inches on the
25th due to melting. North winds were sustained to 38 mph
with gusts to 42 mph on the 24th.
25-26 In 1985...a spring storm brought much rain and snow to metro
Denver. The foothills were buried with 15 inches of snow
at Conifer and 12 inches at Evergreen. At lower elevations...
an inch or more of rain fell in Denver and Boulder. The
heavy precipitation caused brief power outages in the
Denver area. Precipitation totaled 1.06 inches at Stapleton
International Airport...including only 0.7 inch of snowfall.
25-27 In 1877...snow ended around 7:00 AM on the morning of the 27th...
after falling continuously for 48 hours and totaling an
estimated 13 inches in the city. The storm...likely
accompanied by strong winds...caused trains to be delayed
for 2 to 3 days. One or two roofs of small buildings were
crushed by the weight of the snow...and many tree branches
were broken in the city. There were a number of reports of
livestock losses. One stockman lost 17 horses and several
cattle from the snow and cold. Precipitation totaled
1.30 inches from the storm.
26 In 1965...while only 0.40 inch of rain fell at Stapleton
International Airport...some communities in the foothills
west of Denver reported over 30 inches of snow from the
In 1972...a spring snow storm accompanied by thunder dumped
15.8 inches of heavy wet snow on metro Denver. Strong
northwest winds gusting to 35 mph produced blowing snow.
The storm was quite intense and greatly hampered travel.
High winds caused drifts 10 to 15 feet deep in some areas...
blocking roads and stranding hundreds of motorists. An
estimated 500 to 600 people were stranded in the Castle
Rock area. Rescue service was provided by heavy Army
equipment from Fort Carson. Power lines were downed...power
poles were toppled...and a number of steel towers carrying
high voltage power lines were downed. Some areas northeast
of Denver were without power for a week. A large number of
cattle and sheep were killed by the storm. The greatest
snow depth on the ground at Stapleton International Airport
was 12 inches. Warm temperatures following the storm
quickly melted the snow.
In 1995...the third major snow storm of the month dumped heavy
snow in and near the Front Range foothills. Six to 12
inches of heavy wet snow fell in the western metro suburbs
with the heaviest amounts above 6 thousand feet. Both
Boulder and Golden measured 10 inches of snow. Only 2.4
inches of snowfall were measured at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted 28 mph
at Denver International Airport.
In 1998...the last in a series of April storms blanketed the
foothills with heavy snow. Snowfall amounts included: 17
inches near Blackhawk...15 inches at Idaho Springs...14
inches at Georgetown...11 inches near Conifer and Morrison.
Only a trace of snow fell at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted to
28 mph at Denver International Airport.
26-27 In 1906...rain changed to heavy snow overnight and totaled
7.0 inches over downtown Denver. North winds were
sustained to 16 mph on both days. Precipitation totaled
In 1932...the temperature remained below freezing for more
than 30 consecutive hours. For about 4 of those hours
the temperature hovered around 24 to 25 degrees. At this
time some early cherry trees were in bloom and apple and
lilac blossoms were beginning to open. The leaves of
many plants were partly unfurled and vegetation in general
was correspondingly advanced due to the warm weather from
the 11th to the 22nd. However...there was little apparent
injury to foliage and blossoms...but some of the early
cherry and apple blossoms were injured. Rain changed to
snow on the 26th and continued intermittently through the
27th. Snowfall totaled only 2.0 inches and northeast winds
gusted to 22 mph on the 26th.
In 1964...strong winds caused damage to buildings...trees...and
power lines. Sustained winds of 37 mph with gusts of 50 to
60 mph were recorded in metro Denver. West-northwest winds
gusted to 44 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the