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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT WED NOV 1 2017

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

29-1  In 1972...heavy snowfall totaled 15.5 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport.  However...the heaviest snow occurred
        on Halloween night when 7 inches fell on trick-or-treaters
        during a short 3-hour period.  I-25 was closed south of
        Denver.  North winds gusting to 29 mph caused some blowing
        snow on the 1st.  The snow started late on the 29th and
        ended during the mid afternoon on the 1st.  The greatest
        snow depth on the ground at Stapleton International Airport
        was 13 inches on the 1st.
31-1  In 1951...6.4 inches of snowfall were measured at Stapleton
        Airport.
      In 1989...a Halloween storm dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow on
        metro Denver with the adjacent foothills receiving 5 to
        10 inches.  Snowfall totaled 4.5 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport...where north winds gusted to 31 mph
        on the 31st.  Most of the snow fell on the evening of the
        31st...but the storm left icy streets throughout metro Denver
        on the morning of the 1st...making it a "spooky" commute for
        many motorists.
      In 2004...heavy snow fell in and near the foothills of Jefferson
        and Douglas counties.  Storm total snowfall included:  14.5
        inches in Aspen Park...10 inches at Roxborough State Park and
        and near Sedalia...8 inches near Bergen Park...and 7 inches in
        Highlands Ranch.  Snowfall totaled only 3.2 inches in the
        Denver Stapleton area.  Post-frontal northeast winds gusted
        to 41 mph at Denver International Airport.
1     In 1896...northwest chinook winds sustained to 40 mph with
        gusts to 46 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 60
        degrees in the city.
      In 1973...wind gusts to 92 mph were recorded in Boulder.
        West winds gusted to 41 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport where the chinook winds warmed the temperature
        to a high of 70 degrees.
      In 1989...a 39-year-old Lakewood man in a motorized
        wheelchair was found dead of exposure early in the
        morning after an overnight snowfall dumped 3 to 6
        inches of snow across metro Denver.
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.

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