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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT MON MAR 27 2017

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

25-27 In 1904...heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches in downtown
26-27 In 1886...heavy snowfall totaled 7.1 inches in downtown Denver.
      In north winds were sustained to 48 mph on
        the 26th and to 47 mph on the 27th.
      In 1931...a cold front brought snow and very cold weather to
        the city.  Snowfall totaled 7.3 inches over downtown Denver
        with most of the snow...6.4 inches...occurring on the 26th...
        when northwest winds were sustained to 38 mph with gusts to
        44 mph.  High temperature of 31 degrees on the 26th equaled
        the low temperature of the previous day as the temperature
        plunged to a low of 1 degree below zero.  High temperature of
        only 15 degrees on the 27th was a record low maximum for the
        date.  Low temperature of 2 degrees below zero on the 27th
        was not a record.
      In 1975...a major pre-Easter blizzard...the worst since the
        vicious storm of 1949...battered northeastern Colorado and
        left livestock losses in millions of dollars...but metro
        Denver escaped the main brunt of the storm and received
        only 5.0 inches of snowfall.  North winds gusted to 38 mph
        at Stapleton International Airport where temperatures
        plunged from a high of 50 degrees to 18 degrees by midnight
        on the 26th.
      In 1991...heavy snow fell over portions of the eastern
        foothills with 9 inches recorded at Lake Eldora west of
        Boulder.  The snow spread across metro Denver...but
        snowfall totaled only 1.7 inches at Stapleton International
        Airport where north to northeast winds gusting to 31 mph
        on both days produced some blowing snow.
27    In 1873...a severe wind and sand storm damaged buildings in
        the city.  At 11:00 AM brisk west winds blew clouds and
        sand into the city...which continued for an hour when it
        abated some.  At 2:00 PM another terrific sand storm blew
        a gale from the west.  The storm lasted 30 minutes...but
        winds remained brisk the rest of the day.
      In 1884...a windstorm struck the city at mid-morning and
        lasted until midnight.  Sustained winds of 40 to 60 mph
        unroofed some buildings and blew others down.  A few
        people were injured...but none fatally.
      In 1896...southwest winds sustained to 60 mph with gusts as
        high as 70 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 59
      In 1905...north winds were sustained to 40 mph.
      In 1939...freezing drizzle deposited glaze as thick as 1/4
        inch from late morning through late afternoon.  No damage
        was reported.
      In 1956...strong and gusty winds raked metro Denver all day
        behind a Pacific cold front.  Wind gusts to 58 mph at
        Stapleton Airport briefly reduced the visibility to 1 mile
        in blowing dust.
      In 1987...snow and wind closed many highways across eastern
        Colorado for the second time in less than a week.  I-25 was
        closed south of Denver and I-70 was closed east of Denver
        for nearly 48 hours.  Metro Denver only received around 4
        inches of new snow...but snow and blowing snow caused air
        traffic delays of up to 3 hours at Stapleton International
        Airport where snowfall totaled 3.5 inches and north winds
        at 15 to 25 mph gusted to 40 mph.  Temperatures hovered in
        the 30`s for much of the day.
      In 1997...strong winds developed behind a fast moving cold
        front.  While the highest winds were north and northeast
        of metro Denver...northwest winds gusting to 56 mph at
        Denver International Airport produced widespread blowing
        dust...which briefly reduced the visibility to 2 1/2 miles.
27-28 In 1951...heavy snowfall totaled 6.5 inches at Stapleton
        Airport where north winds gusted to 38 mph on the 27th
        and 41 mph on the 28th.
      In 1972...heavy snowfall of 6.2 inches was measured at
        Stapleton International Airport...where northeast winds
        gusted to only 21 mph.
      In 1980...a major blizzard struck the northeastern Colorado
        plains...closing both I-70 and I-76 to the east of Denver for
        a time.  Some areas received 1 to 2 feet of snow.  Drifts
        were 4 to 8 feet high.  The storm killed many young
        livestock.  At Stapleton International Airport...snowfall
        totaled 6.7 inches from the storm and north winds gusted
        to 29 mph.
      In 2002...high winds developed in the foothills west of metro
        Denver.  Winds gusted to 81 mph near Fritz Peak...72 mph at
        Rollinsville...and 70 mph at Blackhawk.  West winds gusted
        to 51 mph on the 27th and to 45 mph on the 28th at Denver
        International Airport where the temperature warmed to a
        high of 69 degrees on the 28th.
27-29 In 1948...high winds raked Boulder.  A wind gust to 75 mph was
        recorded at Valmont.  Sustained winds in excess of 35 mph
        were estimated in Boulder.  Minor damage was reported.
      In 1961...heavy snowfall totaled 9.5 inches at Stapleton
        Airport over the 3 day period.  Most of the snow...5.3
        inches...fell on the 28th.  Winds were generally light
        and gusted to only 22 mph from the north.

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