Current Watches and Warnings
Colorado, South and East Jackson/Larimer/North and Northeast Grand/Northwest Boulder Counties Above 9000 Feet
Winter Storm Warning
Statement as of 4:17 AM MDT on April 29, 2016
Expires 2:00 AM EDT on April 30, 2016
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until midnight MDT
* timing... snow will become moderate to heavy at times by later
this morning and continue through this evening. The higher
intensity snowfall is expected to occur by later this morning.
* Snow accumulations... anywhere from 5 to 10 inches with the
higher amounts east of the Continental Divide.
* Wind/visibility... winds will mostly remain less than 20 mph.
Visibilities will drop below a half mile at times in the
* Impacts... wet snow accumulating on branches and power lines
could lead to tree damage and power outages. Roads may become
slushy or snow covered during the nighttime hours.
Accumulation on roads and highways will be lower during the
daylight hours due to the higher sun angle at this time of
A Winter Storm Warning means significant snow accumulation... poor
visibilities in heavy snowfall and poor winter driving conditions
are expected. High country travel is likely to be impacted by
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on April 29, 2016
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
28-29 in 1950... snowfall totaled 6.3 inches at Stapleton
Airport... but only 3.5 inches over downtown Denver.
In 1960... heavy snow fell at Stapleton Airport where
8.6 inches of snow were measured. North winds gusted to
38 mph. Most of the snow... 6.9 inches... fell on the 29th.
29 in 1898... apparent thunderstorm winds were sustained from
the southwest to 58 mph with gusts to 66 mph.
In 1909... north winds were sustained to 44 mph behind an
apparent cold front. These were the strongest measured
winds of the month that year.
In 1962... heavy snowfall totaled 6.4 inches at Stapleton
Airport where northeast winds gusted to only 17 mph.
Snow fell all day... but the most on the ground was only
1 inch due to melting.
In 1991... two men were struck by lightning while golfing in
Cherry Hills just south of Denver. The two received only
minor Burns. Shortly afterward... lightning struck a home in
Cherry Hills Village several times... leaving numerous holes
in the roof. No injuries were reported.
In 1993... localized strong winds occurred at Jefferson County
Airport near Broomfield where gusts to 63 mph were recorded.
The strong winds were the result of a probable microburst.
In 2000... several severe thunderstorms producing large hail
and destructive winds rumbled across northern Metro Denver.
Thunderstorm wind gusts reached 81 mph near Hudson with
hail as large as 3/4 inch in diameter at Longmont. Several
homes and vehicles sustained damage. The strong winds
uprooted trees and downed utility poles... causing scattered
outages. Lightning sparked a house fire in Boulder. The
fire damaged a portion of the roof and a bedroom on the
third floor. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 53 mph at Denver
In 2003... lightning struck a chimney at a residence in hiwan
in Evergreen... sending stones flying as far as 150 feet.
Electrical equipment in some nearby homes also failed.
Damage to the residence... in addition to electrical
equipment... was estimated at 100 thousand dollars.
Severe thunderstorms produced large hail to 1 inch in
diameter near Hudson and Sedalia and to 3/4 inch near
Parker. Hail as large as 1 3/4 inches was measured 9 miles
north of Sedalia.
In 2014... high winds occured east of Interstate 25. Peak wind
gusts included: 71 mph just north of strasburg; 68 mph at
Denver international airport; 62 mph near elizabeth; 58 mph
at Front Range Airport in Watkins and 11 miles east of Parker.
29-30 in 1964... several weeks of dry weather and windy conditions
across the Great Plains to the east caused noticeable
suspended dust to invade Metro Denver. At Stapleton
International Airport east winds gusted to 28 mph and
visibility was reduced to 5 miles.
In 1989... a late season snowstorm dropped 2 to 4 inches of
snow across Metro Denver with 6 to 12 inches in the
foothills. Snowfall totaled 3.9 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where northeast winds gusted to
23 mph and the greatest snow depth on the ground was
2 inches due to melting.
In 1991... a Pacific storm dumped heavy wet snow across Metro
Denver. The foothills were hit the hardest where snowfall
amounts ranged from 16 inches at Evergreen to 5 inches at
Idaho Springs. Lower elevations of Metro Denver received
5 to 9 inches of snowfall with 5 inches in Boulder and 7.0
inches at Stapleton International Airport where northeast
winds gusted to 25 mph. The weight of the snow caused
power lines to fall and tree limbs to snap... producing power
outages in parts of Denver... Aurora... and Westminster.
In 1999... heavy snow fell overnight in the foothills above
7500 feet elevation. Snowfall totals included: 13 inches
near Rollinsville... 10 inches near Evergreen... 8 inches at
Blackhawk and Nederland... and 7 inches at Conifer. Only
rain fell across the city with 2.13 inches recorded at
Denver International Airport.
29-2 in 1954... a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow... 7.5 inches... fell on
the 29th and 30th. The maximum snow depth on the ground
was 5 inches on the 30th due to melting. No strong winds
accompanied the storm.
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