...March 7 in Metro Denver weather history...
6-7 In 1981, a storm dumped 4 to 8 inches of snow over higher
elevations between Denver and Colorado Springs. At
Stapleton International Airport, north winds gusted to
16 mph and snowfall totaled only 2.5 inches.
In 1998, heavy snow fell over portions of metro Denver
and the adjacent foothills. Snowfall totals included
11 inches at Chief Hosa, 10 inches near Evergreen, 8.5
inches in Broomfield, 8 inches at Bailey, and 7 inches
at both Standley Lake and Thornton. Elsewhere, snowfall
across metro Denver ranged from 3 to 6 inches with
4.9 inches measured at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport. North winds gusted to 26 mph
at Denver International Airport on the 7th. Several
accidents occurred along area roads and highways when
they became icy and snowpacked.
6-8 In 1932, snowfall totaled 6.3 inches in downtown Denver.
Most of the snow, 5.2 inches, fell on the 8th. Northeast
winds gusted to 20 mph on the 6th.
7 In 1872, heavy rain started shortly after midnight and
soon turned to sleet, which continued to just after
sunrise, the ground at that time not even being white.
At about 7:00 AM the worst snow storm of the winter
commenced and continued until 10:00 PM, snowing heavily
nearly all the time. North winds averaged a sustained
speed of 25 mph. About 8 inches of snow fell, but it
drifted too much to obtain a direct measurement.
In 1901, northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with
gusts as high as 58 mph. The strong chinook winds
warmed the temperature to a high of 70 degrees.
In 1902, northwest winds were sustained to 45 mph with
gusts to 53 mph.
In 1950, strong north winds at 40 mph with gusts as high
as 60 mph produced a dust storm across metro Denver. At
Stapleton Airport, blowing dust reduced visibility to as
low as 1/4 mile for most of the day.
In 1972, northwest winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton
International Airport. The chinook winds warmed
temperatures to a high of 64 degrees.
In 1984, a wind gust to 63 mph was recorded at Golden Gate
Canyon west of Denver. West winds gusted to 39 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
7-8 In 1878, snow from the evening of the 7th until noon of
the 8th totaled only 5 inches in downtown Denver.
Apparent heavier snow over the plains along with strong
winds drifted the snow into high drifts, which delayed
trains for several days and caused a great loss of
livestock. Melting of the snow caused a rise in Cherry
Creek, which resulted in much damage. Precipitation
from the storm totaled only 0.50 inch in Denver.
In 2000, high winds developed in and near the Front Range
foothills, as well as parts of the northeast Colorado
plains as another Pacific storm system moved across the
area. Several trees and power lines were downed near
Blackhawk, Boulder, and in Coal Creek Canyon. About
30 homes in the Pinebrook Hills subdivision in Boulder
were evacuated when downed power lines sparked a
grassfire. The winds eventually shifted the fire onto
itself, thus allowing firefighters to contain the two
acre blaze. Several roofs were blown off barns, sheds,
and garages. Two semi-trailers were blown over, one
along C-470 between Golden and Morrison and another
north of Denver on I-25. Wind gusts reached 101 mph
on Rocky Flats, 100 mph at the nearby National Wind
Technology Center, 90 mph at Blackhawk and atop Blue
Mountain, 92 mph in south Boulder, 73 mph in Coal Creek
Canyon, 72 mph in Golden, and 70 mph at Louisville.
Northwest winds gusted to 45 mph on the 7th and to
49 mph on the 8th at Denver International Airport.