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EVER WONDER: So was it the blizzard of 2003 or 1997?
There’s money riding on this. I say the Colorado blizzard of 2003 was the worst, she says it was the one in 1997. Do I win?
ANSWER: Collect your money! On March 18-19, 2003, areas of the Colorado Rocky Mountains were hit with over 7 feet of snow and parts of Denver received almost 30 inches. The blizzard stranded more than 3,500 passengers at DIA and even buried a Humvee.
It was Oct. 26, 1997, when the plains were covered with six-foot drifts and Denver recorded almost 22 inches of snow. Until then the 16 inches recorded in Denver in 1969 had been the worst people could remember.
The real Denver biggie: 45.7 inches which fell over five days in December 1913.
The record snowfall for one 24-hour period in Colorado Springs: 25.6 inches on March 11, 1909.