Denver weather: The Mile High City’s 10 largest snowstorms on record

Denver and much of the Front Range are gearing up for what’s expected to be a significant snowstorm this weekend, though meteorologists are cautioning that it’s too early to put credence in models that are measuring anticipated snowfall in feet, not just inches.

That being said, it’s a good opportunity to look back at how some of Denver’s truly historic snowstorms.

The list presented below, using data from the National Weather Service dating back to the late 1800s, ranks the 10 largest snowfalls in the Mile High City, with a nearly 46-inch whopper more than a century ago coming in first.

But No. 2, a crippling March event, is of far more recent vintage.

For an even longer list, and other winter data, visit the National Weather Service’s Denver-area Snow Statistics page.

Denver’s biggest snowstorms

1. 45.7 inches, Dec. 1-5, 1913

2. 31.8 inches, March 17-19, 2003

3. 30.4 inches, Nov. 2-4, 1946

4. 23.8 inches, Dec. 24, 1982

5. 23 inches, April 23, 1885

6. 22.7 inches, Oct. 20-23, 1906

7. 21.9 inches, Oct. 24-25, 1997

8. 21.5 inches, Nov. 26-27, 1983

9. 20.7 inches, Dec. 20-21, 2006

10. 19.3 inches, Jan. 29-31, 1883

Source: National Weather Service

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