Flashback Friday: Remembering the epic October blizzard of ’97

In 1997 one of the worst and deadliest blizzards of the decade developed over eastern Colorado as deep east to northeast flow associated with a vigorous upper level low pressure system over the four corners…combined with a strong arctic air mass over the central great plains. Snowfall totals across metro Denver ranged from 14 to 31 inches. The heaviest snowfall occurred in the foothills west and southwest of Denver where 2 to 4 feet of snow were measured.

Sustained winds to 40 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph produced zero visibilities and extremely cold wind chill temperatures from 25 below to 40 below zero. Winds whipped the snow into drifts 4 to 10 feet deep.

Several major and interstate highways were closed as travel became impossible. Red Cross shelters were set up for hundreds of travelers who became stranded when they had to abandon their vehicles. Four people died in northeastern Colorado as a result of the blizzard. None of the deaths were in metro Denver.

35 comments
Kim Gonzales
Kim Gonzales

Took most of the day to finish drive and sidewalk \U0001f613

Cristin Nelson
Cristin Nelson

Sorry remember the blizzard of 82 but was living in Alaska at the time

Bradley A Lyons
Bradley A Lyons

Our memory of that storm just graduated from high school Michelle Eckert Lyons:D

Terra Itup
Terra Itup

OMG that photo shows a dog being used to pull a sled, no big deal with a harness, it looks like he had a choke chain on \U0001f622

Molly Rodriguez
Molly Rodriguez

I remember, and everyone comes together to help one another. Left the snow in '99 but still love and miss my Colorado, minus the snow of course.

Kay Dirling
Kay Dirling

Jesse Kelton remember crawling across town after the Avalanche game?

Matt DeLassus
Matt DeLassus

I jumped off my second story deck 20 feet down Into the snow

Melanie K. Petrucci
Melanie K. Petrucci

Had a baby and a toddler in tow and my husband had just had all four of his wisdom teeth removed the day before the storm. Good times!

Sabrina Mangels
Sabrina Mangels

So many broken tree limbs and sprinkler pipes. NOT sorry I'm no longer in Property Mgmt

Valerie Andrews
Valerie Andrews

Christina Lombardo Medina we were stuck at that youth pastors house, remember?!

Valerie Andrews
Valerie Andrews

Omg I know!!! Him and his poor wife in their tiny townhouse with like 10 middle school age kids \U0001f602\U0001f602

Christina Lombardo Medina
Christina Lombardo Medina

Oh my gosh yes! What a crazy time for us! It was fun though, I remember we were jumping off the second story balcony onto the snow it was so high!

Valerie Andrews
Valerie Andrews

Yes!! That was so fun! I think my dad ended up coming to rescue us in his plow truck after two days lol. Good memories \U0001f60a

Cyndi Smith
Cyndi Smith

Lol...sleep over at Park Meadows Mall.

Joycelyn Cannon
Joycelyn Cannon

We are past due to a shut the city down type of blizzard

Adrian Tena-Diaz
Adrian Tena-Diaz

Alex Ortiz Alan Ortiz you member i member\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Alex Ortiz
Alex Ortiz

Neta Bale Berqa La Fida Ill Just Go Back To Skul\U0001f60f\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Seth Vigil
Seth Vigil

It was awesome. Got to miss a bunch of school and built tons of intricate snow forts and sledding for days.