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Colorado, Larimer County Below 6000 Feet/Northwest Weld County
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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on March 31, 2015
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
29-31 in 1970... snowfall totaled 6.0 inches at Stapleton
International Airport. Heavy snow accumulation in Boulder
on the 29th caused the collapse of a carport at an apartment
building... damaging 11 automobiles. Northeast winds gusted
to 24 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
30-31 in 1896... heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches in downtown
Denver. Northwest winds gusted to 26 mph.
In 1897... rain changed to snow during the early morning of
the 30th and totaled 6.2 inches before ending during
the late morning of the 31st. Northwest winds were
sustained to 35 mph with gusts to 46 mph.
In 1929... heavy snowfall of 7.0 inches was recorded over
downtown Denver. Northwest winds were sustained to
23 mph on the 30th.
In 1953... heavy snowfall totaled 8.6 inches at Stapleton
Airport where northeast winds gusted to 23 mph.
In 1955... a vigorous cold front produced north winds at 40 mph
with gusts as high as 54 mph at Stapleton Airport. Rain
and snow showers and blowing dust accompanied the front.
Snowfall totaled only 0.1 inch at Stapleton Airport on
In 1988... snow began falling on the afternoon of the 30th and
continued through the 31st... burying Metro Denver. Twelve
to 18 inches of snow fell in the foothills to the west of
Denver and Boulder with 6 to 12 inches across the rest of
Metro Denver. The storm disrupted aircraft operations
at Stapleton International Airport where snowfall totaled
7.1 inches and north winds gusting to 32 mph reduced the
visibility to less than 1/4 mile at times... causing air
traffic delays of 2 to 3 hours.
In 2000... heavy snow once again developed over the foothills
and the higher terrain to the south of Metro Denver.
Snowfall totals from the storm included: 16 inches atop
Squaw Mountain... 15 inches near Rollinsville... 13 inches
near Evergreen... 12 inches near Morrison... 11 inches in
Coal Creek Canyon... 10 inches near Blackhawk and in
Eldorado Springs... 9 inches at ken caryl ranch and Larkspur...
and 8 inches near Elizabeth. Snowfall totaled only 4.1
inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport. North winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver
International Airport on the 30th.
In 2005... a strong Spring storm intensified over the
eastern plains of Colorado and produced near-blizzard
conditions to the east and southeast of Denver overnight.
North to northwest winds from 20 to 35 mph with gusts
to 50 mph produced extensive blowing snow and caused
near zero visibilities at times and snow drifts from
2 to 4 feet in depth. Snowfall amounts included:
12 inches near Bennett... 8 inches around Castle Rock...
7 inches near Sedalia... and 6 inches near Parker.
Only 0.3 inch of snow was reported at Denver Stapleton.
At Denver International Airport... north winds gusted to
37 mph on the 30th and 36 mph on the 31st.
In 2014... on the evening of the 30th... high based showers
and thunderstorms produced microburst winds over northern
Jefferson... eastern Boulder and southwest Weld counties.
Peak wind reports included: 77 mph at white ranch open
space; 72 mph... 2 miles north of longmont; 67 mph near Erie
and firestone; 60 mph near Mead and 59 mph... 5 miles
northwest of henderson; with 53 mph at Denver internatinal
Airport. The wind downed power lines in Weld County which
sparked a small fire. High winds then developed in the
Front Range foothills and urban corridor through the
morning of the 31st. Peak wind gusts included: 98 mph
near Gold hill; 77 mph near Eldorado springs; 61 mph at
Centennial airport; 59 mph at Buckley air force; with 44
mph at Denver International Airport.
31 in 1873... high winds damaged buildings in the city.
Northwest winds with sustained velocities to near 40 mph
blew from 9:00 am until sunset.
In 1937... north to northeast winds sustained to 25 mph with
gusts to 32 mph produced a light dust storm in the city
during the afternoon.
In 1971... wind gusts to 92 mph were recorded in the South
Hills area of Boulder. At the National Bureau of standards
in Boulder sustained winds of 46 mph with gusts to 83 mph
were measured. Damage was minor. Northwest winds gusted
to 41 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1983... high winds with gusts to 70 mph in Boulder caused
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.
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