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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT THU NOV 2 2017

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

1-2   In 1892...snowfall totaled 5.0 inches in downtown Denver.
        This was the only snow of the month.
      In 1956...heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches at Stapleton
        Airport.  The storm was accompanied by much blowing and
        drifting snow.  North winds gusted to 47 mph.
      In 1991...the storm system which hit the Front Range at the
        end of October finished the job during the start of
        November.  Six inches of new snow were recorded at both
        Rollinsville and Morrison...while 2.9 inches of snow
        fell at Stapleton International Airport where northeast
        winds gusted to 17 mph.  The temperature climbed to a
        high of only 19 degrees on the 2nd...setting a record
        low maximum for the date.
      In 1995...a winter storm dropped 5 to 8 inches of snow in
        the Front Range foothills.  The exception was at Golden
        Gate Canyon where a foot of new snow was measured.  Icy
        roads...fog...and blowing snow along I-70 in the foothills
        west of Denver caused dozens of accidents.  One man was
        killed when he lost control of his vehicle and was ejected
        when his truck hit a median and rolled over.  At least 20
        other accidents involved minor injuries.  Only 1.0 inch of
        snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport where some freezing rain also fell.
2     In 1939...a trace of snow fell over downtown Denver.  This
        snow...along with a trace of snow on the 9th...was the only
        snow of the month...ranking it...along with other months...the
        second least snowiest November on record.
      In frontal heavy snowfall totaled 6.2
        inches at Stapleton International Airport where north
        winds gusted to 29 mph...briefly reducing the visibility
        to 1/8 mile.
      In 1992...the first major snowfall of the season dumped 4.6
        inches of snow at Stapleton International Airport where
        north winds gusted to 26 mph.  Heavier amounts of snow
        fell in and near the foothills with 8 inches at Conifer...
        Empire...and Bailey...6 inches at Rollinsville and Golden
        Gate Canyon...and 4 inches at Morrison and Wheat Ridge.
      In 2011...a storm system brought another around of moderate
        to heavy snow to the region. Areas in and near the Front
        Range Foothills and Palmer Divide were hit the hardest.
        Gusty winds also produced blizzard conditions at times
        along the Palmer Divide. In addition...the snow and
        blowing snow forced several school closures in Douglas and
        Weld Counties. Snow drifts...from 1 to 3 feet deep were
        reported in the northern portion of Douglas and Elbert
        Counties.  Storm totals included: 14 inches...4 miles south
        of Boulder and 12.5 miles northwest of Golden...13 inches...
        5 miles east-southeast of Aspen Springs; 12 inches near
        Allenspark and Parker; 11 inches...6 miles southwest of
        Castle Rock...Genessee...9 miles north-northeast of
        Elizabeth...10 inches...10 miles south-southeast of
        Buckley AFB. At the National Weather Service in Boulder...
        7.9 inches of snow was recorded...with 4.5 inches observed
        at Denver International Airport.
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.

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