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 FRI APR 1 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
31-1 In 1876...heavy snow began during the night and lasted all
day on the 31st and through the morning of the 1st. The
average depth of snow fall was 10 to 12 inches...but strong
winds whipped the snow into drifts of 8 to 10 feet deep on
the streets of the city. Precipitation from the storm was
1.03 inches on the 31st and 0.37 inch on the 1st.
In 1891...heavy moist snowfall totaled 18.0 inches in the
city. Northeast winds were sustained to 20 mph with gusts
to 24 mph on the 31st.
In 1936...northeast winds sustained to 21 mph produced a
light dust storm in the city.
In 1975...a major storm dumped 9.3 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton International Airport where northwest winds
gusted to 41 mph. Rain changed to snow on the afternoon
of the 31st...reducing the visibility to as low as 1/8 mile.
Snow continued all day on the 1st and accumulated to a depth
of 8 inches on the ground. The minimum temperature of 10
degrees on the 1st set a new record low for the date.
31-2 In 1980...the second major blizzard in 5 days buried much of
eastern Colorado under 6 to 12 inches of snow. Some drifts
were up to 22 feet high. Hundreds of travelers were
stranded. Over 3000 families were without power.
Livestock losses were high. Metro Denver escaped the
main brunt of this storm. At Stapleton International
Airport...only 6.3 inches of snow fell over the 3-day period
and north winds gusted to only 22 mph on the 1st.
31-3 In 1979...total snowfall of 6.6 inches was measured at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 31 mph on the 31st. The greatest accumulation of snow
on the ground was 3 inches on the 1st.
31-4 In 1905...much rain and some snow occurred over the 5 days
behind an apparent cold front. Precipitation totaled 2.00
inches. There was a thunderstorm on the 3rd. Snowfall
totaled 3.0 inches on the 4th. North winds were sustained
to 34 mph on the 1st and 2nd and to 30 mph on the 3rd.
High temperatures during the period ranged from the upper
30`s to the lower 40`s. Low temperatures were in the upper
20`s and lower 30`s.
1 In 1987...a vigorous cold front produced 2.3 inches of snowfall
at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
gusted to 39 mph. The temperature dropped from a maximum of
59 degrees at mid-morning to a low of 25 degrees at midnight.
1-2 In 1963...strong winds buffeted metro Denver...while wind-
whipped fires consumed grassland on the plains. A child
was injured by a wind blown falling tree in Castle Rock.
Southwest winds gusted to 52 mph at Stapleton Airport...
causing some blowing dust. The worst fire storm burned
over 25 thousand acres of grazing land in southern Weld
County near Roggen northeast of Denver.
In 1984...a snowstorm with near-blizzard conditions over
eastern Colorado closed many roads...including I-70 and I-76
east of Denver and I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs.
At Stapleton International Airport...snowfall totaled only
2.5 inches...but north winds gusted to 45 mph on the 2nd.
In 1999...moist upslope conditions allowed heavy snow to
develop in the Front Range foothills where snowfall totals
included: 10 inches at Aspen Park and Evergreen; 9 inches
at Turkey Creek; 8 inches at Idaho Springs and Genesee;
7 inches at Aspen Springs...Crow Hill...Intercanyon...and
Lake George. In metro Denver snowfall totals included:
10 inches south of Sedalia; 8 inches in Littleton; 7 inches
at Morrison; 6 inches at Highlands Ranch; and 4 to 5 inches
in Northglenn...Parker and near Louisville. Snowfall totaled
4.7 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
1-3 In 1945...snow fell across metro Denver for a total of 51
consecutive hours. While the storm was not accompanied by
excessive snow...the long duration made the event a heavy
snow producer. Snowfall totaled 10.7 inches in downtown
Denver with 9.5 inches recorded at Stapleton Airport. North
winds were sustained to 21 mph on the 1st; otherwise winds
were not strong. The air mass was very cold for April.
The high temperatures of 26 on the 2nd and 17 on the 3rd
were record low maximums for the dates. The latter was also
a record low maximum for the month. Warm weather following
the storm quickly melted the snow.
In 1973...heavy snow fell at Stapleton International Airport
where 8.7 inches were measured. Snow began late on the 1st
and continued through early morning on the 3rd. Thunder
accompanied the snow during the late morning and afternoon
of the 2nd. North winds gusted to 33 mph on the 2nd and
37 mph on the 3rd. Snow only accumulated to a depth of
5 inches on the ground due to melting.
In 1977 a foot of snow fell in Boulder and Broomfield. The
Denver-Boulder Turnpike was closed for an hour after
numerous minor traffic accidents. At Stapleton
International Airport...snowfall totaled 4.7 inches and
southeast winds gusted to 32 mph on the 2nd. The greatest
depth of snow on the ground was only 3 inches due to