Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 110859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT TUE OCT 11 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
10-11 In 1986...the first significant snowstorm of the season
produced 2 to 5 inches of snow over metro Denver with 5
to 10 inches in the foothills west of Denver. Wondervu
recorded the most snow from the storm...13 inches. The
heavy wet snow caused numerous power outages. The storm
was accompanied by strong north winds with gusts to 41 mph
recorded on the 10th. The first snowfall of the season
totaled 3.1 inches at Stapleton International Airport with
only one inch on the ground due to melting. The strong
cold front accompanying the storm cooled the temperature
from a high of 73 degrees on the 10th to a high of only
33 degrees on the 11th...which was a record low maximum
for the date.
10-12 In 1969...the second heavy snowstorm in less than a week
dumped nearly a foot of snow across metro Denver and
plunged the area into extremely cold temperatures for so
early in the season. Snowfall totaled 11.0 inches at
Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusting to
26 mph produced drifts up to 2 feet deep. Temperatures
dipped from a high of 52 degrees on the 10th to a record
low for the date of 10 degrees on the 12th. There was
additional damage to trees and power and telephone lines
from heavy snow accumulations and icing. Travel was
restricted or blocked by drifting snow in both the
mountains and on the plains east of Denver.
11 In 1997...damaging winds ahead of an approaching storm system
developed in the foothills and spread across metro Denver.
Winds gusted to 88 mph at Conifer...71 mph at the National
Center for Atmospheric Research on the mesa in Boulder...
and 53 mph at Denver International Airport. Several
trees and street signs were blown down with scattered
power outages reported throughout metro Denver. In
Arvada...a car window was blown out by a strong wind
In 2013...high winds occurred in and near the Front Range
Foothills. Peak gusts included: 85 mph at Rooney Road...
84 mph...2 miles south of Marshall; 82 mph at Rocky Flats
National Wind Technology Center and Wondervu; 79 mph at
the Mesa Lab at NCAR and 75 mph...3 miles south-southwest
of Boulder; 73 mph in Superior and 68 mph in Golden. The
wind downed trees and power lines. As a result...scattered
electrical outages affected 20000 Xcel Energy customers
through the morning hours. The main outages affected the
cities of Boulder...Golden and Lakewood. Smaller outages
were reported in areas of Gold Hill...Ward...Westminster
and Wheat Ridge.
11-12 In 1901...an apparent cold front produced northeast winds
sustained to 42 mph with gusts to 48 mph on the 11th.
General rain changed to snow overnight and totaled 2.0
inches. This was the first snowfall of the season.
Total precipitation was 0.32 inch.
11-13 In 1892...apparent post-frontal rainfall totaled 3.33
inches in downtown Denver over the 3 days. A trace
of snow on the 12th melted as it fell. Rainfall of
2.58 inches on the 12th into the 13th was the greatest
24-hour precipitation ever recorded during the month of
October. Northwest winds were sustained to 48 mph with
gusts as high as 55 mph on the 12th.