– Colorado weather forecast: Snow breaks 100-year-old Denver record (Feb. 4, 2012):
DENVER – The storm that passed over Colorado has broken a few records. Locations across the metro area have reported 10 to 20 inches of snow with an additional half-inch of accumulation expected Saturday. According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver broke a single-day snowfall record on Friday with 12.5 inches of snow. The previous record was 9.5 inches on the same day in 1932.
Denver also broke the three-day snowfall record for February with 15.9 inches. The previous record was 14.1 inches in 1912.
Official snowfall totals for Denver are taken at Denver International Airport. Data used to be collected at Stapleton Airport, and before that, in downtown Denver. Heavy snowfall has made areas east of the Continental Divide vulnerable for avalanches.
With accumulations over two feet, the new snow can overwhelm the existing snowpack. Avoid traveling on or under slopes steeper than 30 degrees east of the Divide.