Creighton University student Jeff Hamilton is a native of the Denver area, but he’s too young to remember the Thanksgiving Blizzard of 1983, which struck Colorado 25 years ago this week. Nevertheless, Jeff seemed like a good choice of someone to look into that storm, which snarled airline traffic nationwide and brought huge amounts of snow to Colorado by a process called “upslope winds”. As the nation gears up for a busy travel weekend, Jeff’s report reminds us just how bad Thanksgiving traffic can really be.
The Thanksgiving Blizzard of 1983 remains one of the biggest snowstorms ever to hit a major city in the US. Actually, this particular blizzard was just one in a whole series of storms that blew through the country over a two-week period in 1983.