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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST WED JAN 4 2017

...Today in metro Denver weather history...

31-6  In 1973...the 31st marked the start of a protracted cold spell
        that extended into January of 1974 when temperatures
        dipped below zero on 7 consecutive days.  Record daily
        minimum readings occurred on the 3rd and 5th when the
        temperature plunged to 17 degrees below zero on both days.
        A record low daily maximum temperature of only 4 degrees
        occurred on the 5th.
31-7  In 1941...a protracted cold spell through January 7...1942...
        produced below zero low temperatures on 7 of the 8 days.
        A low temperature of 2 degrees on the 3rd prevented a
        string of 8 days below zero.  The coldest days during the
        period were the 1st with a high of 2 degrees and
        a low of 9 degrees below zero...the 4th with a high of 2
        degrees and a low of 11 degrees below zero...and the 5th
        with a high of 26 degrees and a low of 12 degrees below
        zero.
1-5   In 1940...the first days of the month were characterized by a
        mixture of drizzle...light snow...and fog.  Fog occurred on
        each day.  On the 4th and 5th considerable glazing resulted
        from freezing drizzle.  All objects were coated with a
        glaze on the windward side.  This resulted in very slippery
        streets...which caused several minor traffic accidents.  The
        glaze was not heavy enough to damage wires and cables.
2-4   In 1949...the worst blizzard in many years struck metro
        Denver and all of northern Colorado.  The storm produced
        blizzard conditions with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph all
        day on the 3rd when temperatures were only in the single
        digits.  This resulted in extremely cold wind chill
        temperatures of 40 to 55 degrees below zero.  Stapleton
        Airport received 13.3 inches of snow from the storm...
        while downtown Denver received 11.8 inches.  The snow
        fell for 51 consecutive hours downtown.  Numerous lives
        were lost...and livestock losses were high across the
        northeastern plains of Colorado where extensive airlift
        operations were needed to bring supplies and food to
        isolated communities.
2-5   In 1959...very cold temperatures...to near zero and
        below...caused power and gas lines...water pipes...and
        automatic sprinkler systems to break.  In Boulder...
        merchandise and furnishings were water damaged when pipes
        burst in a department store...flooding three floors.  The
        temperature was below zero for 38 consecutive hours at
        Stapleton Airport on the 2nd...3rd...and 4th and plunged to
        a low of 13 degrees below zero on the 4th.
3-4   In 1982...wind gusting to 85 mph in the Table Mesa area of
        Boulder caused a few power failures.  West winds gusted
        to only 32 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 2000...high winds buffeted the foothills of Boulder County.
        Wind gusts were reported to 91 mph at Nederland and 81 mph
        at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on the mesa
        southwest of Boulder.  Southwest winds gusted to only 31 mph
        at Denver International Airport on the 4th.
4     In 1893...the low temperature dipped to only 52 degrees...the
        highest minimum temperature ever recorded in January.   The
        high temperature was 64 degrees.  The spring-like weather
        was the result of northwest chinook winds sustained to
        20 mph with gusts as high as 38 mph.
4-5   In 1996...snow began falling across the Front Range foothills
        and portions of metro Denver on the 4th.  Most snowfall
        amounts ranged from 4 to 6 inches.  Icy roads and blowing
        snow caused a 22 car accident on I-25 north of Denver...
        resulting in an 8-mile traffic back-up for several hours.
        Snowfall totaled 3.2 inches at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport.  North-northeast winds
        gusted to 22 mph at Denver International Airport on the
        4th.

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