Do You Remember the 2003 Colorado Blizzard?
In the month of October we start to feel the transition from warmer weather to winter weather, sometimes in an instant. And a blizzard could hit at any time.
That's what happened in March of 2003, when one of the biggest storms in the history of the entire front range dumped over 30 inches of snow in many parts of the region.
And if that wasn't bad enough, because of the winds that occurred during the storm, some areas saw snow drifts that topped six feet! Yes, snow drifts that taller than many of us that day!
The foothills saw it even worse than Fort Collins and Denver, with those areas seeing seven feet of snow being dumped on them over a two day period.
CBS4 Denver recapped the storm, and when you read more of the facts concerning what happened during the duration of the snow falling, you start to realize just how much the storm crippled the area.
- There was loss of life during the storm, with two people in the city of Aurora having heart attacks while shoveling the snow.
- At the height of the storm, close to 135,000 people were without power for an extended period of time.
- Denver International Airport was hit hard by the blizzard, with damage being done to one of the tent tops and approximately 4,000 travelers were stranded by the late season snow.
Youtube is the best source for some of the visuals from the Blizzard of 2003, including this video show just how deep the snow was and how hard road crews worked to clear streets for residents.
Here's footage from Littleton, Colorado as this persons whole yard was unrecognizable from the storm.
And here is some home video footage out of Morrison which proves just how needed four wheel drive is in the state of Colorado.