Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 260959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN FEB 26 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
22-29 In 1960...heavy snowfall of 6.1 inches at Stapleton Airport on
the 22nd and 23rd marked the beginning of a protracted cold
spell which lasted until the end of the month. The cloudy...
cold weather was accompanied by occasional light snow or
flurries and fog. New record low temperatures for the dates
were set on the 24th thru the 29th with the lowest
temperature of 11 degrees below zero on the 28th. The
seven consecutive days of low temperatures of zero or below
had been exceeded in duration only 4 times previously. New
low maximum temperatures for the dates were set on the 23rd...
24th...and the 26th thru the 29th with the lowest maximum
temperature of 8 degrees recorded on the 26th.
25-26 In 1971...a wind gust to 100 mph was recorded in Boulder at
the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The cold
west winds gusted to 53 mph in downtown Boulder. No damage
was reported. Northwest winds gusted to 31 mph on the
25th and to 38 mph on the 26th at Stapleton International
In 1984...a heavy snow storm left 1 to 2 feet of new snow in
the foothills west of Denver. I-70 was closed...stranding
skiers returning from the mountains. Most had to spend
several hours in Idaho Springs. The snow spread over metro
Denver with 9 inches at Littleton...Castle Rock...and Boulder
and up to 5 inches in Aurora and Denver. Snowfall totaled
only 3.6 inches at Stapleton International Airport where
north winds gusted to 31 mph.
26 In 1884...heavy snowfall totaled 6.0 inches in downtown
In 1908...a duststorm occurred in the city during the
afternoon. Northwest winds were sustained from 14 to
In 1918...pre-frontal chinook winds from the southwest...
sustained to 43 mph with a maximum velocity to 52 mph...
warmed temperatures to a high of 62 degrees.
In 1954...strong chinook winds gusting to 52 mph during
the morning warmed the temperature in Denver to a balmy 65
degrees by early afternoon. A vigorous Canadian cold front
during the late afternoon produced north winds at sustained
speeds of 52 mph with gusts as high as 65 mph and billows
of blowing dust...which reduced the visibility to as low as
1 mile at Stapleton Airport. Showers left half an inch of
snow on the ground as the temperature dipped to a low of
27 degrees before midnight.
In 1989...a brief rain shower produced a microburst wind gust
to 51 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1997...snowfall totaled 4 to 6 inches in and near the
foothills. Only 0.8 inch of snow fell at the site of
the former Stapleton International Airport. Northeast
winds gusted to 29 mph at Denver International Airport.
In 2013...a storm system produced heavy snow in the Front
Range Foothills. Storm totals included: 12 inches near
Black Mountain and Pine Junction...10 inches near Conifer
and Nederland; 9 inches...12 miles northwest of Golden; 8
inches near Evergreen...with 6 inches near Eldorado Springs.
Snow and blowing snow produced blizzard conditions along
and south of the Interstate 70 corridor...just east of
Denver. Storm totals generally ranged from 3 to 7 inches.
North winds of 25 to 30 mph were reported with gusts around
40 mph. Roads became impassable as snow and blowing snow
produced 3 to 4 ft snow drifts. Interstate 70 was closed
from Aurora to the Kansas state line. At Denver
International Airport...a peak wind gust to 31 mph was
reported along with 1.0 inch of snow.
26-27 In 1893...heavy snowfall totaled 7.9 inches in downtown
Denver. Most of the snow...6.7 inches...fell on the 27th.
Northeast winds were sustained to 18 mph with gusts to
30 mph behind an apparent cold front.
In 1939...heavy snowfall of 8.1 inches was the heaviest of
the month in downtown Denver. North winds sustained to
21 mph on the 26th and to 28 mph on the 27th caused much
drifting. The greatest snow depth on the ground was 7.8
inches at noon on the 27th.
In 1987...a snowstorm dropped 4 to 8 inches of snow across
metro Denver...causing flight delays at Stapleton
International Airport where snowfall totaled 3.8 inches
and north winds gusted to 24 mph. Both I-70 and I-25
were closed for a time to the east and south of Denver.