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February 27 to March 5: This Week in Denver Weather History

Sunday, February 27th, 2022 4:45am MDT

This Week in Denver Weather History

As we wrap up February and head into March, our look back at this week in Denver weather history reminds us that winter weather conditions can and do still happen.  We see numerous reports of bitter Arctic cold, damaging winds, and heavy snowfall.

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.

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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.

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In 1896…northwest winds were sustained to 46 mph with gusts to 58 mph.

In 1902…northwest winds were sustained to 50 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph.  The high temperature was 44 degrees.

In 1918…a post-frontal heavy snow storm developed over downtown Denver.  Snowfall totaled 8.4 inches and north winds were sustained to 30 mph with a maximum velocity to 32 mph.

In 1963…west winds gusted to 55 mph at Stapleton Airport.

In 1974…a wind gust to 99 mph was recorded in Boulder. West winds gusted to 43 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 2009…a strong wind gusts blew a trailer in the path of two vehicles along State Highway 36…between Boulder and Lyons.  The two vehicles were in the northbound lane when a wind gust blew a fifth-wheel trailer into their path… As it approached from the opposite lane.  The trailer left the road surface…and collided with the top left side of the first car; causing extensive damage.  A van following the first vehicle then struck the trailer. The driver of the van suffered facial injuries.

27-28

In 1918…heavy snowfall totaled 9.6 inches in downtown Denver.  Most of the snow…8.4 inches…fell on the 27th.

In 1931…a major winter storm dumped 12.0 inches of heavy snowfall over downtown Denver.  This is the greatest 24 hour snowfall ever recorded during the month of February. North winds gusted to 18 mph on the 28th.

In 2006…a warm spell resulted in 3 temperature records. The high temperature of 73 degrees on the 27th equaled the record high for the date.  High temperature of 77 degrees on the 28th was a record high for the date and equaled the all time record high temperature for February first set on February 4…1890.

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In 1896…northwest winds were sustained to 54 mph with gusts to 65 mph.  The winds warmed the temperature to a high of 56 degrees.  This was the second consecutive day of strong winds in the city.

In 1958…at Stapleton Airport…snowfall totaled 5.3 inches and northeast winds gusted to 24 mph.

28-29

In 2012…another round of high winds occurred along the Front Range Foothills. Peak wind gusts included: 84 mph at the National Wind Technology Center; 77 mph…3 miles south-southwest of Boulder; and 75 mph…3 miles southwest of Rocky Flats. At Denver International Airport…west winds gusted to 36 mph on the 28th and 35 mph on the 29th.

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In 1875…6 inches of snow fell from 3:15 pm on the 28th to 1:00 am on the 1st.  Precipitation for the two days was 0.50 inch.

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In 1896…southwest winds were sustained to 41 mph with gusts to 60 mph.  This was the third consecutive day that strong winds occurred in the city.

In 1992…Chinook winds gusted to only 25 mph at Stapleton International Airport…but warmed the temperature to a high of 70 degrees…which equaled the record for the date first set in 1940.

In 2004…only light snow fell across metro Denver…while a blizzard raged across northeast Colorado.  Both I-70 and I-76 were closed to the east of Denver by winds gusting to 60 mph producing drifting snow to depths of 2 to 6 feet. Snowfall was only 1.6 inches at the Denver Stapleton site. North winds gusted to 41 mph at Denver International Airport.

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In 1896…snowfall totaled 5.5 inches in the city.  Northeast winds gusted to 24 mph.

In 1948…snowfall totaled 5.9 inches in downtown Denver. North winds were sustained to 15 mph.

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February 2022 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Sunday, February 27th, 2022 4:07am MDT
A beautiful, clear February day in Thornton. (LE Worley)

A beautiful, clear February day in Thornton. (LE Worley)

February signifies the start of the climb toward warmer temperatures for the year.  Cold and snow though do intrude but, coupled with milder conditions, there are lots of photo opportunities as can be seen in our monthly slideshow.

The month is one of our least snowiest of the year but it isn’t unusual to see the landscape blanketed in white.  Warming temperatures through the month can bring the onset of spring fever and gives residents the opportunity to enjoy some prolonged time outdoors on the mild days.

Cold or mild, snowy or dry, our scenery is almost always gorgeous – and photo worthy.

  • Slideshow updated February 23, 2022
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Showcasing images captured by ThorntonWeather.com readers as well as some of our own, our monthly slideshow covers the entire gamut of weather-related imagery.

Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife and of course every type of weather condition are vividly depicted in images captured from yours and our cameras.

What is missing in the slideshow above?  Your photo!

Our monthly photo slideshow is going to feature images that we have taken but more importantly images that you have captured.  The photos can be of anything even remotely weather-related.

Landscapes, current conditions, wildlife, pets, kids.  Whimsical, newsy, artsy.  Taken at the zoo, some other area attraction, a local park, a national park or your backyard.  You name it, we want to see and share it!

Images can be taken in Thornton, Denver or anywhere across the extraordinary Centennial State.  We’ll even take some from out of state if we can tie it to Colorado somehow.

We’ll keep the criteria very open to interpretation with just about any image eligible to be shown in our slideshows.

What do you win for having your image in our slideshow?  We are just a ‘mom and pop’ outfit and make no money from our site so we really don’t have the means to provide prizes.  However you will have our undying gratitude and the satisfaction that your images are shared on the most popular website in Thornton.

To share you images with us and get them included in the slideshow just email them to us or share them with ThorntonWeather.com on any of the various social media outlets.  Links are provided below.

So come on, get those camera’s rolling!

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One more wintry day then much-improving conditions for the rest of Thornton’s weekend

Friday, February 25th, 2022 5:15am MDT

A weak system makes a fast pass through Friday keeping things cold and perhaps dropping a few flakes of snow. After that, however, the weekend shapes up nicely with lots of sun and warming temperatures.

For Friday, we will have some sun this morning then clouds will increase in the afternoon. High temperatures look to remain below freezing. As for snow, some flurries / light snow will be possible in the afternoon and particularly the evening. Minimal, if any, accumulations will be seen. Tonight, temps again drop to single digits with clearing skies.

Saturday begins our turnaround in earnest. We will enjoy sunny skies and the mercury will climb to the mid to upper 30s. Saturday night, skies remain clear with lows dropping into the teens.

Sunday looks to be a beautiful day. High temperatures will get into the 50s with lots of Colorado blue above.

Have a great weekend!

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After one last shot of snow, Thursday sees the sun return, somewhat warmer temperatures

Thursday, February 24th, 2022 5:10am MDT

Early morning is seeing us receive one more, quick shot of snow. Once that is done, skies will begin to clear and we will see some warming.

The day starts with cloudy skies and light snow. As of 4:00am, Thornton received an additional 1.5 inches of snow overnight. Additional accumulations this morning will be less than an inch. Roads are quite slick this morning so plan accordingly.

By about 9:00am, skies will begin to clear and by this afternoon, mostly sunny skies will be above. Temperatures will climb to highs in the low 20s. Still cold, but at least some improvement.

Tonight, lows will plunge into the single digits again with partly cloudy skies above.

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Denver sets record low temperature for February 23

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 5:01pm MDT

Record Cold Temperatures

Well, our Arctic blast is now in the record books.

As measured at Denver International Airport, the low temperature in the Mile High City dropped to -7 degrees this morning. That pretty easily bests the previous record low for February 23 of -4 degrees set in 1899.

Here in Thornton we stayed just a bit warmer with a low of -4 degrees.

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Another bone-chilling cold day with light snow for Thornton’s Wednesday

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 5:02am MDT

Old Man Winter isn’t done with his latest hit yet. After dropping below zero this morning and receiving an additional 1.2 inches of snow, we will see some warming but it will remain extremely cold and light snow will continue.

Cloudy skies will once again be the rule throughout the day. High temperatures will top out only in the low to mid-teens, 30 degrees or so below average. Light winds will deliver wind chills closer to zero. Light snow and flurries will again be seen through much of the day. Accumulations of less than an inch are expected during the daytime.

Tonight, the cloud cover will remain solid and light snow will continue to fall. Overnight lows will dip well into the single digits. Additional overnight snow accumulations of an inch or two will be possible.

Keep an eye on the cold with our live conditions here.

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Thornton takes the Arctic plunge with very cold temps, light snow Tuesday

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 5:03am MDT

Not a lot of fun out there today as the much-talked about cold has arrived. With it, we received a mere half inch of snow (as of 4:00am) and while we will see more, it won’t amount to much.

Cloudy skies will be the rule today and tonight. Daytime hours will see some flurries but no real accumulation is expected. High temperatures will top out only around 10 degrees. With a light, northeast breeze, it will feel even colder.

This evening, snow will pick up the pace a bit, but still not amount to much. We may see an inch or so overnight, mainly between about 5:00pm and midnight. Overnight lows tonight will drop to near zero.

You can keep an eye on those bone-chilling temps here.

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Monday starts out relatively mild but the cold arrives before the end

Monday, February 21st, 2022 5:04am MDT

Alright, who pressed the down button on the weather elevator?  😉  Don’t let the relatively mild start to the day throw you off because by nightfall, it will be much colder and going down much farther.

Partly sunny skies will be with us this morning then cloud cover will build by late morning. We will reach our high temperature near 50 degrees mid-day.

A potent cold front then arrives and the mercury will begin a downward trend. By 5:00pm we will be around freezing and overnight lows will be well into the single digits. Blustery winds this afternoon and overnight will make it feel even colder.

As for snow, we won’t be seeing much. Late afternoon may bring a few flakes with increased coverage by about 7:00pm and continuing overnight. Accumulations will be very light, maybe an inch from this evening to sunrise tomorrow.

The Arctic air is going to be with us throughout the workweek. Indeed, after today, it may not be until Saturday before we reach temperatures above freezing!

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February 20 to February 26: This Week in Denver Weather History

Sunday, February 20th, 2022 5:05am MDT

This Week in Denver Weather History

This past week we have enjoyed spring-like weather and it is easy to forget we are still very much in winter.  Looking back at this week in Denver weather history we see that bitter cold and heavy snow are the alternatives that we can and have seen in our past.

From the National Weather Service:

18-20

In 1913…post-frontal snowfall totaled 6.9 inches in downtown Denver over the 3 days.  Most of the snow fell on the 19th. Northeast winds were sustained to 21 mph with a measured extreme velocity to 24 mph on the 18th.

In 1924…light snowfall totaled 4.6 inches over the 3 days. This was the only measurable snowfall of the month.  High temperatures plunged from 45 degrees on the 18th to 17 degrees on the 20th.  Low temperatures dipped from 31 degrees on the 18th to only 8 degrees on the 20th. Northeast winds were sustained to 24 mph on the 19th.

In 1953…a major blizzard dumped 10.6 inches of snowfall at Stapleton Airport.  Strong north winds at sustained speeds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 44 mph frequently reduced visibilities to 1/4 mile in blowing snow during the day of the 19th.  The strong winds caused much drifting snow…making accurate snowfall measurements almost impossible.  Precipitation from the storm totaled 1.13 inches.  The 1.01 inches of precipitation on the 19th was the greatest calendar day and 24 hour precipitation ever recorded in the city during the month of February.

In 1987…large amounts of new snow fell in the Front Range foothills.  The foothills received 10 to 20 inches of new snow with 4 to 8 inches on the adjacent plains.  On the 19th…flight delays occurred at Stapleton International Airport where snowfall totaled 4.2 inches and east winds gusted to only 18 mph on the 19th.  Schools were closed in the foothills above Boulder.

19-20

In 1924…4.6 inches of snow fell in downtown Denver.  This was the only measurable snow of the month.  Northeast winds were sustained to 24 mph on the 19th.

In 1937…post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 8.4 inches over downtown Denver.  Most of the snow…6.6 inches…fell on the 20th when north winds were sustained to 16 mph with gusts to 18 mph.  The temperature dipped to a low of 9 degrees on the 20th.

In 1939…post-frontal snowfall totaled 5.4 inches in the city.  The snow covered streets and highways with a coating of ice as the temperature fell from 36 degrees at 2:00 pm on the 19th to a low of 4 degrees at 3:00 am on the 20th.  Many motorists were marooned for several hours.  Northeast winds were sustained to 24 mph on the 19th.

19-21

In 1971…heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to only 16 mph.  Most of the snow occurred on the 19th and 20th. The 24 hour snowfall of 8.2 inches was the greatest in February since 1953.

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In 1937…6.6 inches of heavy snow fell in downtown Denver.

In 1976…a cold front produced north wind gusts to 49 mph at Stapleton International Airport where snowfall totaled 4.7 inches.  North winds at sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts persisted throughout the day…producing much blowing snow.  East of the city…winds gusting 40 to 80 mph caused blizzard conditions and produced drifts 2 to 4 feet high.

In 1981…a vigorous cold front at midday produced strong northeast winds at 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph and billows of blowing dust reducing the visibility to 3 miles during the afternoon.  Even stronger winds from the north at 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph in snow and blowing snow reduced the visibility to 1/4 mile during the evening. Snowfall totaled only 2.6 inches at Stapleton International Airport.

20-21

In 1997…heavy snow fell in the foothills.  Snowfall totals included:  16 inches at Eldora Ski Area; 15 inches at South Turkey Creek; 14 inches at Conifer and Morrison; and 11 inches at Blackhawk…Evergreen…and Intercanyon.  Only 1.0 inch of snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.  Northeast winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver International Airport on the 20th.

In 2014…high winds occurred in and near the foothills of Boulder and Jefferson Counties. Peak wind reports included: 93 mph near Gold Hill; 89 mph at NCAR Mesa Lab; 83 mph at the National Wind Technology Center; 76 mph…in Boulder…4 miles east-northeast of Nederland and the Junction of Colorado Highways 72 and 93; and 75 mph at Lyons. Scattered electrical outages were reported in Boulder…Denver and Littleton…which affected 3400 Xcel Energy customers.  At Denver International Airport…a peak wind of 50 mph was observed from the west on the 21st.

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In 1901…northwest winds sustained to 43 mph with gusts to 46 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 55 degrees.

In 1935…strong west to northwest winds sustained to 30 mph with gusts to 34 mph produced considerable blowing dust. The Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high of 60 degrees.

In 1967…west winds gusting to 53 mph produced some blowing dust at Stapleton International Airport.  Winds were strong and gusty all day.

In 1988…high winds were reported along the foothills with 90 mph in east Boulder where the winds knocked out a few street and traffic lights.  The strong winds whipped a grass and timber fire in Boulder canyon.  The fire threatened some homes for a time…but was extinguished before causing any significant property damage.  West winds gusting to 35 mph at Stapleton International Airport warmed the temperature to a high of 63 degrees.

In 2017…strong winds knocked a huge tree onto a house in Loveland. No one was injured after the tree fell into the house…which included a 10-week-old baby. The house suffered extensive damage and the family was displaced.

21-22

In 1909…a major storm dumped 12.9 inches of heavy snowfall over the city.  North winds were sustained to 37 mph on the 22nd.  Temperatures during the storm hovered in the 20’s.

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In 1893…northwest winds were sustained to 36 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

In 1900…northwest winds sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 45 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 61 degrees.

In 1910…a cold front caused a remarkably sharp drop in temperature from 43 degrees at 3:00 am to only 3 degrees at 8:30 am.  These were the high and low temperatures for the day.  Early west winds switched to northeast behind the front.

In 1927…west winds were sustained to 42 mph with a measured maximum velocity to 60 mph.

In 1954…strong and gusty west winds persisted throughout the day.  The highest wind gust recorded at Stapleton Airport was 58 mph.

In 1960…snowfall totaled 5.9 inches…producing near-blizzard conditions in snow and blowing snow at Stapleton Airport where northeast wind gusts to 40 mph reduced visibility to 1/2 mile.

In 1986…high winds occurred in the foothills.  Wind gusts of 65 to 70 mph were reported at Golden Gate Canyon…and a peak gust of 83 mph was recorded at Echo Lake.  Northwest winds gusted to only 29 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1988…a wind gust to 83 mph was recorded in Boulder with 80 mph clocked at Rollinsville.  Northwest winds gusted to 45 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1996…wind gusts to 63 mph were reported in western Elbert County.  Southwest winds gusted to 45 mph at Denver International Airport.

In 1999…strong post-frontal…Bora winds developed over the foothills and spread over the northeast plains.  Peak wind gusts included:  87 mph at Golden Gate Canyon; 84 mph at Wondervu; 80 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research mesa lab; 75 mph at the Rocky Flats Environmental Test Facility; 74 mph at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield; 72 mph at the Gamow Tower on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder; and 60 mph at Bennett.  West to northwest winds gusted to 44 mph at Denver International Airport.

In 2000…thunder was heard across much of metro Denver. Thunderstorms over southwest metro Denver produced 1/4 to 1/2 inch diameter hail at Pinehurst Country Club.  A thunderstorm at Denver International Airport produced wind gusts to 34 mph.  This was only the 6th time since 1891 that thunder had been reported in February.

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Thornton to enjoy a calm, mild weekend of weather

Friday, February 18th, 2022 5:21am MDT

This is a pretty darned good-looking three-day period ahead with warming temps and lots of sun. Beyond that, however, the picture will be changing considerably with a strong dose of cold and some snow for the next workweek.

For today, sunny skies will be above throughout. Overall conditions will be calm, perhaps some breezy PM winds. Highs today will top out in the mid to upper 40s. Tonight, skies remain mostly clear with lows in the low 20s.

Saturday continues our warm up with highs in the mid-50s. Sunny skies will be above, conditions calm.

The weekend closes out in pretty good fashion. It will be the warmest day of the period with mostly clear skies and highs in the mid to upper 50s.

Previewing what follows for the first half of the next workweek…  A series of cold fronts begins to impact us Monday. This will lead to much colder temperatures and some chances for snow. Tuesday and Wednesday, in particular, look to be bitterly cold. More in the extended forecast here.

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