19 years ago today, a huge blizzard hit southern Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Do you remember the blizzard of 1997? Nineteen years ago today, southern Colorado was hit with a fatal storm that brought 19 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour.

Blizzard conditions hit Colorado Springs Friday, October 24, and didn’t let up until 6 p.m. Saturday, October 25.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Colorado Springs Airport, north winds gusted to 55 miles per hour, with an air temperature of 21 degrees. Nineteen inches of snow was measured at that time, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm killed seven people across southern Colorado and injured several others.

The blizzard dumped a huge amount of snow, according to data from the National Weather Service.

One to two feet fell in the Eastern San Juan, La Garita, and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. However, the San Luis Valley received only a few inches of snow. Generally between one and two feet fell from the Rampart Range and southern Colorado Springs, south through Pueblo, down to Trinidad, and throughout the southeast Plains. In northern Colorado Springs, as much as three feet of snow fell. In Black Forest and Monument, three to four foot amounts were the norm. At Palmer Lake, on the Palmer Divide, 52 inches of snow was reported. The deep snow was blown and piled into drifts anywhere between three and 15 feet deep.

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