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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST THU MAR 9 2017

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

8-9   In 1992...a major blizzard struck metro Denver.  The storm
        was preceded by thunderstorms with small hail during the
        afternoon of the 8th.  By evening...with the passage of a
        strong Arctic cold front...snow began falling.  Strong north
        to northeast winds at 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 52 mph
        produced near zero visibilities in blizzard conditions
        across metro Denver.  By the morning of the 9th...snowfall
        amounts up to a foot and a half were reported with drifts
        of 2 to 4 feet.  Many roads were closed including I-70 east
        of Denver and I-25 both north and south of Denver.  Many
        homes and stores were temporarily without power.  Snowfall
        amounts included:  18 inches at Conifer...13 inches in
        Boulder and Denver...12 inches at Brighton and Morrison...and
        10 inches at Aurora.  Snowfall totaled 12.4 inches at
        Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusting
        as high as 52 mph reduced the visibility to zero at times
        in heavy snow and blowing snow.
      In 2002...high winds occurred in the foothills west of Denver.
        Winds gusted to 95 mph near Fritz Peak and to 73 mph near
        Nederland.
8-10  In 1989...unusually warm weather set four daily temperature
        records in Denver.  The high temperature of 74 degrees on
        the 8th exceeded the record.  Records were equaled on the
        9th with a high of 77 degrees and the 10th with a high of
        79 degrees.  The low temperature of 42 degrees on the 10th
        set a new record high minimum for the date.
9     In 1918...northwest winds sustained to 44 mph with gusts as
        high as 52 mph occurred during the early morning hours.
      In 1960...west-northwest winds gusted to 51 mph at
        Stapleton Airport.
      In 1980...high winds were recorded in the foothills with a
        wind gust to 84 mph at Wondervu.  Northwest winds gusted
        to 38 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1982...strong chinook winds buffeted the foothills in
        Boulder.  Wind gusts of 60 to 90 mph toppled a microwave
        dish antenna and blew the shell off a camper.  West winds
        gusted to 47 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1986...high winds in the foothills with gusts of 60 to 70
        mph were reported at Golden Gate Canyon and in Boulder.
        Northwest winds gusted to 35 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
9-10  In 1904...strong chinook winds raked the city for 2 days. On
        the 9th...west winds sustained to 53 mph with gusts to 62
        mph warmed the temperature to a high of 55 degrees.  On
        the 10th...west winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts
        to 54 mph. The high temperature was 58 degrees.
      In 2013...a storm system brought heavy snow to areas in and
        near the Front Range Mountains and Foothills where storm
        totals included: 13 inches at Berthoud Pass SNOTEL...12
        inches at Arapahoe Ridge; 11 inches...5 miles southwest of
        Golden; 10.5 inches near Kittridge; 10 inches at Lake
        Eldora and Pine Junction; 9.5 inches near Conifer...9
        inches...near Bailey and 9 miles east-northeast of
        Nederland...Joe Wright and Strontia Springs.  Along the
        Urban Corridor...some storm totals included: 8.5 inches at
        Highlands Ranch and near Morrison; 8 inches in Arvada;
        7 inches...5 miles northeast of Westminster; 6.5 inches at
        Centenniel...Lone Tree and Wheat Ridge; 6 inches in West
        Denver...Hygiene...Lyons and Thornton...5.5 inches in
        Broomfield; with 5 inches in Aurora and the former
        Stapleton International Airport.  Across the Palmer Divide
        and northeast plains of Colorado...storm totals ranged
        anywhere from 2 to 10 inches. The combination of snow and
        strong wind produced blizzard conditions and forced the
        closure of Interstate 70 east of Denver. Sustained winds
        of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph produced near zero
        visibilities at times and snowpacked roads. Snowdrifts
        from 2 to 4 feet deep were reported. As a result...many of
        the roadways became impassable. Officially...Denver
        International recored 5.4 inches of snowfall on the 9th.
        In addition...a peak wind gust to 38 mph was observed from
        the north.
9-11  In 1927...rain changed to heavy snow behind a cold front and
        totaled 7.7 inches over downtown Denver.  North winds were
        sustained to 37 mph with an extreme velocity to 38 mph on
        the 11th.
      In 1955...a strong windstorm raked the eastern foothills.  A
        wind gust to 95 mph was recorded at Rocky Flats with a gust
        to 60 mph measured at Valmont.  Damage in Boulder totaled
        10 thousand dollars.  Minor injuries also occurred.  The
        strong winds were associated with a vigorous cold front
        that produced northwest winds at 40 mph with gusts as high
        as 52 mph at Stapleton Airport where the visibility was
        briefly reduced to 3/4 mile in blowing dust on the 10th.
      In 1968...5.5 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
        Airport where northeast winds gusted to 24 mph on the 10th.
9-19  In 1906...an extended cold and blustery period occurred with
        light snow totaling 14.4 inches over 11 consecutive days.
        The greatest amount of snow on a single day was 4.0 inches
        on the 15th.  Only a trace of snow fell on the 12th and 17th.
        High temperatures were below freezing for the entire period.
        The coldest were 14 degrees on the 16th and 18 degrees on the
        17th.  Both readings were record low maximums for the dates.
        Low temperatures were mostly in the single digits.  The
        coldest were 2 degrees below zero on the 16th and 5 degrees
        below zero on the 19th.  Northeast winds were sustained to
        22 mph on the 9th.  North winds were sustained to 36 mph on
        the 10th...32 mph on the 13th...and 22 mph on the 15th.

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