Photos: ‘Great Colorado Snowstorm of 1913’ buried Denver under 45.7 inches of snow

DENVER — A low pressure system developed over northern Arizona on Dec. 1, 1913. It brought intense snow to most of eastern Colorado. By Dec. 5, it had become the greatest snowstorm Colorado had ever seen.

There were some incredible snowfall totals 104 years ago.

Denver was buried as seen in the photos from History Colorado after the city received 45.7 inches of snow from the storm that began Dec. 1.

The Denver Post headlines on Dec. 5, 1913 read, “Schools Are All Closed Until Safety Reigns!” and “Mantle of Shimmering White Stops Activity And Everybody Jollifies!”

There are other incredible snow totals over the course of Dec. 1-5, 1913, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Georgetown: 86 inches
  • Estes Park: 53 inches
  • Denver: 45.7 inches
  • Boulder: 43.75 inches
  • Fort Collins: 33.5 inches
  • Colorado Springs: 24.4 inches

During the 1913 storm, Georgetown set the single-day snowfall record in Colorado of 63 inches, which still stands today.