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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SUN OCT 9 2016

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

9     In 1910...light smoke from forest fires in the mountains was
        sighted over the city.
      In 1982...northwest winds gusted to 49 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
9-10  In 2005...a major winter storm brought heavy...wet snowfall
        to the Front Range Mountains...eastern foothills...portions
        of metro Denver...and the Palmer Divide.  Snow accumulations
        ranged from 8 to 26 inches with drifts from 3 to 4 feet
        in places.  The heaviest snow occurred to the east and
        southeast of the city...closing most major highways in
        that area...including I-70 from Denver to Limon.  The Red
        Cross opened four shelters for people who were stranded
        along I-70 in eastern Colorado.  Since many trees had not
        yet shed their leaves...the storm caused significant tree
        damage.  One woman in Denver was killed when a tree branch...
        8 to 10 inches in diameter...snapped under the weight of the
        heavy...wet snow and struck her as she was shoveling her
        driveway.  Xcel Energy reported power outages to about 35
        thousand customers.  Several incoming flights were delayed
        at Denver International Airport.  Snow totals included:  16
        inches in the foothills near Boulder...12 inches at Genesee
        and near Golden...22 inches near Watkins...19 inches near
        Bennett...17 inches southeast of Aurora...14 inches near
        Parker...13 inches near Castle Rock...12 inches in Centennial...
        11 inches in Parker...and 10 inches at Denver International
        Airport and in Littleton.  While many areas of metro Denver
        received heavy snow...others experienced almost entirely rain.
        This included west and northwest metro Denver...Boulder...and
        Longmont.  Rainfall amounts were significant as storm totals
        ranged between 1.50 and 2.50 inches.  The steady rainfall
        triggered 3 rockslides in foothills canyons.  Two of the
        slides occurred on State Highway 119 in Boulder Canyon and
        the longest slide...7 feet in length...on State Highway 74 in
        Bear Creek Canyon at Idledale.  North winds were sustained
        to around 23 mph with gusts to 31 mph at Denver International
        Airport on the 9th.  The high temperature of only 34 degrees
        on the 10th was a record low maximum for the date.  The low
        temperature on both days was 32 degrees.

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