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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT FRI NOV 3 2017

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

2-3   In 1974...heavy snowfall totaled 6.1 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where north winds gusted to 23 mph
        on the 3rd.  Most of the snow fell on the 3rd.  Maximum
        snow depth on the ground was 5 inches.
      In 1990...a winter storm dumped 3 to 8 inches of heavy wet
        snow across metro Denver.  In the foothills snow amounts
        ranged from 4 to 10 inches.  Slushy snow and ice-covered
        roads snarled traffic.  The poor visibilities
        were blamed for numerous traffic accidents.  Low clouds...
        fog...and snow delayed air traffic at Stapleton International
        Airport for at least 90 minutes on the afternoon of the 2nd.
        Snowfall totaled 5.4 inches at Stapleton International
        Airport where north winds gusted to 21 mph.
2-5   In 1946...a major snow storm dumped 30.4 inches of heavy
        snowfall downtown and 31.0 inches at Stapleton Airport.
        The winter storm closed schools and disrupted all forms of
        transportation in the city.  The greatest depth of snow on
        the ground was 28 inches at the airport.  The duration of
        the snowfall...from 4:22 AM on the 2nd to 3:08 AM on the 5th...
        a total of 70 hours and 46 the second longest
        period of continuous precipitation on record and the second
        heaviest snowfall of record at the time in Denver.  The 17.7
        inches of snowfall on the 2nd and 3rd was the greatest 24-
        hour snowfall ever recorded during the month of November.
        Buses and street cars had a difficult time...and many cars
        were abandoned along roadsides and streets for several days.
        Secondary roads in rural areas were blocked for 2 to 3
        weeks.  Several buildings in the city collapsed or were
        damaged from the weight of the heavy snow.  Football games
        were canceled.  Livestock losses were high over eastern
        Colorado.  The precipitation from this storm alone exceeded
        the greatest amount ever recorded in Denver during the
        entire month of November previously.  The precipitation
        recorded downtown was 2.03 inches...and the previous record
        for the entire month of November was 1.95 inches in 1922.
        North winds were sustained to 26 mph on the 2nd.
3     In 1940...the longest period without snow...200 days...ended on
        this date with the first snow of the season...a trace...on
        November 4...1940.  The last snow of the previous season...
        also a trace...occurred on April 17...1940.
      In 1959...a rare thunderstorm in November occurred around
        sunrise.  Rainfall measured only 0.02 inch at Stapleton
      In 1993...periodic high winds buffeted the foothills west
        of Denver.  Wind gusts to 90 mph were recorded at
        Rollinsville in the foothills southwest of Boulder...while
        gusts to 85 mph were observed atop Squaw Mountain near
        Idaho Springs.  West winds gusted to 37 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1996...a rare November thunderstorm during the early
        evening produced 0.10 inch of rain at Denver International
        Airport and only 0.06 inch of rain at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 2005...strong winds developed over the Urban Corridor.
        While the damaging winds were in the Fort Collins area...
        high winds also developed to the south of Denver in
        Douglas County.  Peak wind reports included 70 mph at
        Franktown...65 mph in Castle Rock...and 61 mph in Sedalia.
        West winds gusting as high as 47 mph warmed the temperature
        to a high of 69 degrees at Denver International Airport.
        Winds were strong and gusty for most of the daytime hours
        across metro Denver.
3-4   In 1994...a fast moving snow storm dumped 8 to 9 inches of
        snow on Boulder...Broomfield...and Lafayette.  Snowfall
        totaled only 1.8 inches at Stapleton International Airport
        where on the 3rd east winds gusted to 20 mph and some
        freezing drizzle fell.

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