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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT MON MAR 20 2017

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

18-21 In 1907...a warm spell resulted in 6 daily temperature
        records.  Record maximum temperatures of 82 degrees
        occurred on the 18th with 81 degrees on the 19th and
        80 degrees on the 20th.  Record high minimum temperatures
        of 52 degrees occurred on the 19th and 20th with 54
        degrees on the 21st.
19-20 In 1912...post-frontal heavy snowfall of 6.3 inches was
        measured in downtown Denver.  North winds were sustained
        to 28 mph with gusts to 30 mph on the 19th.  The strong
        cold front plunged temperatures from a high of 60 degrees
        on the 19th to a low of 1 degree on the 20th.
      In 1959...a major storm dumped heavy snowfall of 7.7 inches on
        Stapleton Airport where north winds gusting to 44 mph
        caused much blowing and drifting snow.  Many highways were
        blocked...and there was damage to phone lines along the South
        Platte River.  The storm started as rain and changed to
        heavy wet snow...which froze on the lines causing the poles
        to break.  The storm caused 2 deaths over eastern Colorado.
      In 2006...strong northerly winds...associated with a surface
        low pressure system that intensified as it moved into the
        central Great Plains...brought heavy wet snow to the eastern
        foothills and northeastern plains of Colorado.  The hardest
        hit areas included the foothills of Boulder and Gilpin
        counties.  Storm totals included: 15 inches at Rollinsville...
        14 inches at Aspen Springs...12.5 inches near Nederland...and
        5.7 inches in the Denver Stapleton area.  Strong winds...heavy
        snow...and poor visibility forced the closure of Interstate 70
        from Denver east to the Kansas state line.  North winds
        gusted to 32 mph at Denver International Airport on the 19th.
19-21 In 1888...heavy snowfall totaled 8.6 inches over downtown
        Denver.  North winds were sustained to 27 mph on the 19th.
20    In 1915...north winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
        to 42 mph.  Only a trace of snow fell.
      In 1989...2 to 6 inches of snow fell along the Front Range
        Urban Corridor with up to 9 inches in Boulder.  Only 1.6
        inches of snowfall were measured at Stapleton International
        Airport where north winds gusted to 36 mph.
20-21 In 1878...warm days with high temperatures in the lower
        70`s in the city...caused snow to melt on the Palmer
        Divide...which caused the waters in Cherry Creek to rise.
        The high...rapid running water damaged a home and eroded
        bridge footings and abutments.  Some bridges became unsafe
        for the passage of trains.
      In 1904...southwest winds sustained to 48 mph with gusts
        to 60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 68 degrees
        on the 20th.  The high was only 42 degrees on the 21st
        behind a cold front...which produced 1.3 inches of snow
        and northeast winds sustained to 27 mph overnight.
      In 1923...post-frontal rain changed to heavy snow and
        totaled 8.2 inches over the city.  North winds were
        sustained to 27 mph with gusts to 29 mph on the 20th.
        This was the second major snow in a week.
      In 1932...rain changed to heavy snow...which totaled 6.2
        inches in downtown Denver.  North winds gusted to 22 mph
        on the 21st.
      In 1948...heavy snowfall totaled 7.2 inches over downtown
        Denver.
      In 1952...a major snow storm produced north wind gusts to 35
        mph and dumped 16.9 inches of snowfall on Stapleton
        Airport.  The maximum snow depth on the ground was 13
        inches due to melting.
      In 2000...heavy snow fell in and near the foothills of
        Douglas and Jefferson counties.  Snowfall totals
        included:  9 inches near Tiny Town and 7 inches in
        Littleton.  Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at the
        site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
        North winds gusted to 34 mph at Denver International
        Airport on the 20th.
20-22 In 1944...heavy snow fell over metro Denver for a total of
        36 hours.  The storm dumped 18.5 inches of snowfall over
        downtown Denver and 12.2 inches at Stapleton Airport.
        Fortunately...there were no strong winds with the storm.
        North winds to only 19 mph were recorded on the 21st.

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