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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST FRI MAR 10 2017

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

8-10  In 1989...unusually warm weather set four daily temperature
        records in Denver.  The high temperature of 74 degrees on
        the 8th exceeded the record.  Records were equaled on the
        9th with a high of 77 degrees and the 10th with a high of
        79 degrees.  The low temperature of 42 degrees on the 10th
        set a new record high minimum for the date.
9-10  In 1904...strong chinook winds raked the city for 2 days. On
        the 9th...west winds sustained to 53 mph with gusts to 62
        mph warmed the temperature to a high of 55 degrees.  On
        the 10th...west winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts
        to 54 mph. The high temperature was 58 degrees.
      In 2013...a storm system brought heavy snow to areas in and
        near the Front Range Mountains and Foothills where storm
        totals included: 13 inches at Berthoud Pass SNOTEL...12
        inches at Arapahoe Ridge; 11 inches...5 miles southwest of
        Golden; 10.5 inches near Kittridge; 10 inches at Lake
        Eldora and Pine Junction; 9.5 inches near Conifer...9
        inches...near Bailey and 9 miles east-northeast of
        Nederland...Joe Wright and Strontia Springs.  Along the
        Urban Corridor...some storm totals included: 8.5 inches at
        Highlands Ranch and near Morrison; 8 inches in Arvada;
        7 inches...5 miles northeast of Westminster; 6.5 inches at
        Centenniel...Lone Tree and Wheat Ridge; 6 inches in West
        Denver...Hygiene...Lyons and Thornton...5.5 inches in
        Broomfield; with 5 inches in Aurora and the former
        Stapleton International Airport.  Across the Palmer Divide
        and northeast plains of Colorado...storm totals ranged
        anywhere from 2 to 10 inches. The combination of snow and
        strong wind produced blizzard conditions and forced the
        closure of Interstate 70 east of Denver. Sustained winds
        of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph produced near zero
        visibilities at times and snowpacked roads. Snowdrifts
        from 2 to 4 feet deep were reported. As a result...many of
        the roadways became impassable. Officially...Denver
        International recored 5.4 inches of snowfall on the 9th.
        In addition...a peak wind gust to 38 mph was observed from
        the north.
9-11  In 1927...rain changed to heavy snow behind a cold front and
        totaled 7.7 inches over downtown Denver.  North winds were
        sustained to 37 mph with an extreme velocity to 38 mph on
        the 11th.
      In 1955...a strong windstorm raked the eastern foothills.  A
        wind gust to 95 mph was recorded at Rocky Flats with a gust
        to 60 mph measured at Valmont.  Damage in Boulder totaled
        10 thousand dollars.  Minor injuries also occurred.  The
        strong winds were associated with a vigorous cold front
        that produced northwest winds at 40 mph with gusts as high
        as 52 mph at Stapleton Airport where the visibility was
        briefly reduced to 3/4 mile in blowing dust on the 10th.
      In 1968...5.5 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
        Airport where northeast winds gusted to 24 mph on the 10th.
9-19  In 1906...an extended cold and blustery period occurred with
        light snow totaling 14.4 inches over 11 consecutive days.
        The greatest amount of snow on a single day was 4.0 inches
        on the 15th.  Only a trace of snow fell on the 12th and 17th.
        High temperatures were below freezing for the entire period.
        The coldest were 14 degrees on the 16th and 18 degrees on the
        17th.  Both readings were record low maximums for the dates.
        Low temperatures were mostly in the single digits.  The
        coldest were 2 degrees below zero on the 16th and 5 degrees
        below zero on the 19th.  Northeast winds were sustained to
        22 mph on the 9th.  North winds were sustained to 36 mph on
        the 10th...32 mph on the 13th...and 22 mph on the 15th.
10    In 1893...northwest winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts
        to 60 mph in the city.
      In 1948...the high temperature warmed to only 6 degrees...
        the all-time record low maximum for the month of March.
        The same reading also occurred on March 6...1920.
      In 1970...5.0 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
        Airport where north winds gusted to 21 mph.
10-11 In 1886...snowfall of 3.5 inches was measured in
        downtown Denver.  Apparent post-frontal north winds
        were sustained to 43 mph on the 11th.
      In 1977...a major blizzard struck metro Denver.  Snowfall
        totaled 8.0 inches at Stapleton International Airport
        where north winds at speeds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to
        60 mph frequently reduced visibilities in blowing snow to
        1/4 mile or less.  Most of the snow...7.7 inches...fell on
        the 10th.  The snow ended by daybreak on the 11th...but
        strong north winds persisted through the day.
      In 1988...a late winter storm produced heavy snow and wind...
        mainly north of Denver.  Wind gusts reached 62 mph at
        Keenesburg and produced a lot of blowing snow...closing
        schools in southwest Weld county.  The storm closed I-70
        east of Denver.  Only 1.1 inch of snow fell at Stapleton
        International Airport...but north winds gusted to 39 mph.
10-12 In 1924...snowfall was heavy and totaled 9.9 inches over
        downtown Denver.  North winds were sustained to 18 mph
        on the 11th.
      In 2001...heavy snow fell over northeast Colorado and metro
        Denver when a combination of upslope winds and convective
        snow bands formed over the area.  Storm totals included:
        11 inches at the Eldora Ski Resort; 10 inches at Genesee;
        8 inches at Elizabeth...atop Lookout Mountain...near Sedalia...
        and at Strasburg; 7 inches near Castle Rock and Evergreen;
        and 6 inches in Aurora...atop Crow Hill...and in Parker.
        Elsewhere across metro Denver...snowfall ranged from 2
        to 5 inches with 3.9 inches at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport.  North winds gusted to
        28 mph at Denver International Airport on the 10th.

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