The Biggest Snowstorms To Ever Hit Colorado
We are expected to get DUMPED on this weekend in Northern Colorado and all along the Front Range.
We're talking a few FEET in some places and, if things continue on the path that they're currently on, we could make it in the record books...Which got me thinking, what ARE the biggest snowstorms to ever hit our great state?
According to OutThereColorado, the biggest snowstorms to hit Colorado have been impressive, to say the least, and if we stay on track, they'll be talking about this weekend's storm for years to come as well.
Let's look back at some of the biggest blizzards to hit Colorado.
Honorable mention: December 2006
The snow fell and kept on falling, piling up about a foot and a half in some places and stranding people in their neighborhoods for 3 days.
5. March 2003
The most recent of these storms occurred during the exact same month 18 years ago, when snow fell pretty much nonstop for 3 days and dumped almost 3 feet of accumulation in Denver.
4. Christmas Eve 1982
It was DEFINITELY a white Christmas back in '82 when this storm dropped 23.2 inches of snow, with drifts even going over houses in some areas.
3. October 1997
Shortly after Denver's brand-new International Airport opened, it was welcomed with a giant snowstorm that snarled air travel and stranded about 4,000 passengers with about 2 feet of snow and nasty winds.
2. November 1946
Just after World War II came to an end, this storm crushed Colorado, especially the Eastern Plains, with many reporting three feet of snow or more. Denver itself got 30 inches during its second-longest snowfall. It snowed nonstop for 70 hours and 46 minutes. The streetcars, of course, couldn’t run, so the only thing that anyone could do was stay inside or start tossing snowballs. I'll probably be doing a lot of that this weekend, too.
Can you imagine not knowing a snowstorm of this magnitude was coming? Well, that's pretty much what happened when the biggest blizzard ever known to hit Denver came on December 1, 1913. it hit during a time when weather forecasting was in its infancy, so people were completely unprepared for the crazy amount of snow that pounded Colorado. The storm left about 4 feet of snow and remains the largest snowstorm ever recorded in the city.