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National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
645 PM MDT SAT MAR 18 2017

...This week in metro Denver weather history...

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.
17-19 In 1933...rain changed to snow on the evening of the 17th
        and continued through mid-day of the 19th.  Snowfall
        totaled 5.6 inches with 0.83 inch of precipitation in
        in the city.  North winds were sustained to 38 mph with
        gusts to 46 mph on the 18th and to 30 mph with gusts to
        43 mph on the 19th.
      In 2003...one of the worst blizzards since historic records
        began in 1872 struck metro Denver with a vengeance.  Heavy
        wet snow accumulating to around 3 feet in the city and to
        more than 7 feet in the foothills brought transportation
        to a near standstill.  North winds sustained to 30 mph with
        gusts as high as 41 mph produced drifts to 6 feet in the
        city.  The estimated cost of property damage alone...not
        including large commercial buildings...was 93 million dollars...
        making it the costliest snowstorm ever.  Mayor Wellington
        Webb of Denver said..."This is the storm of the century...a
        backbreaker...a record breaker...a roof breaker."  Two people
        died in Aurora from heart attacks after shoveling the heavy
        wet snow.  The National Guard sent 40 soldiers and 20 heavy
        duty vehicles to rescue stranded travelers along I-70 east
        of Gun Club Road.  The heavy wet snow caused roofs of homes
        and businesses to collapse.  The snow also downed trees...
        branches...and power lines.  Two people were injured when the
        roofs of their homes collapsed.  In Denver alone...at least
        258 structures were damaged.  In Arvada...a roof collapse at
        West Gate Stables killed a horse.  Up to 135 thousand people
        lost power during the storm...and it took several days for
        power to be restored in some areas.  Denver International
        Airport was closed...stranding about 4000 travelers.  The
        weight of the heavy snow caused a 40-foot gash in a portion
        of the tent roof...forcing the evacuation of that section of
        the main terminal building.  Avalanches in the mountains and
        foothills closed many roads...including I-70...stranding
        hundreds of skiers and travelers.  Along I-70...an avalanche
        released by the Colorado Department of Transportation...blocked
        the interstate in both directions for several hours.  Several
        residences between Bakerville and Silver Plume were evacuated
        because of the high avalanche danger.  At Eldora Ski Area...270
        skiers were stranded when an avalanche closed the main access
        road.  After the storm ended...a military helicopter had to
        ferry food to the resort until the road could be cleared.  The
        heavy snow trapped thousands of residents in their foothills
        homes in Jefferson County for several days.  Two homes burned
        to the ground when fire crews could not reach the residences.
        Some schools remained closed well into the following week.
        The storm officially dumped 31.8 inches of snow at the site of
        the former Stapleton International Airport...the most snowfall
        from a single storm since the all-time record snowfall of 37.5
        inches on December 4-5...1913.  The storm made March 2003 the
        snowiest March on record...the 4th snowiest month on record...
        and the 5th wettest March on record.  The 22.9 inches of snow
        on the 18th into the 19th was the greatest 24 hour snowfall
        ever recorded in the city during the month of March.  The
        storm was also a drought-buster...breaking 19 consecutive
        months of below normal precipitation in the city.  Snowfall
        across metro Denver ranged from 2 feet to more than 3 feet.
        The highest amounts included:  40 inches in Aurora...38 inches
        in Centennial and 6 miles east of Parker...37 inches at Buckley
        AFB...35 inches in southwest Denver...34 inches in Louisville...
        32 inches in Arvada...31 inches in Broomfield and Westminster...
        and 22.5 inches in Boulder.  In the foothills...snowfall ranged
        from 3 feet to more than 7 feet.  Some of the most impressive
        storm totals included:  87.5 inches atop Fritz Peak and in
        Rollinsville...83 inches at Cabin Creek...74 inches near Bergen
        Park...73 inches northwest of Evergreen...72 inches in Coal Creek
        Canyon...70 inches at Georgetown...63 inches near Jamestown...60
        inches near Blackhawk...55 inches at Eldora Ski Area...54 inches
        8 miles west of Sedalia...and 46.6 inches at Ken Caryl Ranch.
        The storm was the result of a very moist...intense slow moving
        Pacific system which tracked across the Four Corners and into
        southeastern Colorado...which allowed deep easterly upslope
        flow to form along the Front Range.
18-19 In 1927...heavy snowfall was 6.5 inches in downtown Denver.
        Northwest winds were sustained to 28 mph on the 18th.
      In 1974...heavy snowfall totaled 5.8 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where northeast winds gusted to
        33 mph on the 19th.
18-21 In 1907...a warm spell resulted in 6 daily temperature
        records.  Record maximum temperatures of 82 degrees
        occurred on the 18th with 81 degrees on the 19th and
        80 degrees on the 20th.  Record high minimum temperatures
        of 52 degrees occurred on the 19th and 20th with 54
        degrees on the 21st.
19    In 1969...high winds buffeted the Front Range foothills
        causing damage in Boulder and Jefferson counties.  A
        freight train was derailed near the entrance to a canyon
        20 miles west of Denver when some empty cars were caught
        on a curve by a gust of wind.  Two light planes were
        heavily damaged at Jefferson County Airport.  Winds
        gusted to 105 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric
        Research in Boulder...62 mph in downtown Boulder...and 80
        to 90 mph at Boulder Airport.  Northwest winds gusted to
        49 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1976...northwest winds gusted to 55 mph in Denver with
        stronger winds along the foothills.  The strong cold
        winds kicked up some blowing dust...reducing the visibility
        to near zero at times at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1982...high winds across metro Denver caused minor damage
        to a few mobile homes at Lowry Air Force Base.  West wind
        gusts reached 51 mph at Stapleton International Airport
        where visibility was briefly reduced to 1/4 mile in blowing
        dust.
      In 1995...strong winds associated with a Pacific cold front
        blew across metro Denver.  A west wind gust to 48 mph was
        recorded at Denver International Airport.  Winds gusted
        to 59 mph at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport.
      In 2010...a storm system produced deep upslope and brought
        heavy snow to areas in and near the Front Range.  The
        foothills of Boulder and Jefferson Counties were the
        hardest hit.  Storm totals included:  26 inches at
        Coal Creek Canyon...25.5 inches...4 miles southeast of
        Conifer; 25 inches at Genesee...24.5 inches near Kittredge...
        23.5 inches...6 miles east of Nederland...20.5 inches...3
        miles west of Jamestown...5 miles southeast of Aspen
        Park and 5 miles southeast Idaho Springs; and 18 inches
        near Ralston Buttes.  In and around Denver...storm
        totals included:  15 inches in Golden; 12.5 inches in
        Boulder...11.5 inches at Lone Tree; 10.5 inches near
        Castle Pines; 11 inches...6.5 miles southwest of Castle
        Rock; 10 inches near Englewood...Highlands Ranch and 3
        miles southwest of Wheat Ridge; 9 inches...4 miles
        west of Arvada...Broomfield...Centenniel...Elizabeth and
        Westminster; 8.5 inches...in southeast Denver and
        Littleton; 7.5 inches in Louisville and near Thornton;
        7 inches...4 miles south of Aurora...Lakewood and Niwot;
        6.5 inches...4 miles northwest of Castle Rock...4 miles
        northwest of Denver and Northglenn; 6 inches in
        Brighton and 5 miles southeast of Sedalia.  Officially...
        1.7 inches of snow was measured at Denver International
        Airport.
19-20 In 1912...post-frontal heavy snowfall of 6.3 inches was
        measured in downtown Denver.  North winds were sustained
        to 28 mph with gusts to 30 mph on the 19th.  The strong
        cold front plunged temperatures from a high of 60 degrees
        on the 19th to a low of 1 degree on the 20th.
      In 1959...a major storm dumped heavy snowfall of 7.7 inches on
        Stapleton Airport where north winds gusting to 44 mph
        caused much blowing and drifting snow.  Many highways were
        blocked...and there was damage to phone lines along the South
        Platte River.  The storm started as rain and changed to
        heavy wet snow...which froze on the lines causing the poles
        to break.  The storm caused 2 deaths over eastern Colorado.
      In 2006...strong northerly winds...associated with a surface
        low pressure system that intensified as it moved into the
        central Great Plains...brought heavy wet snow to the eastern
        foothills and northeastern plains of Colorado.  The hardest
        hit areas included the foothills of Boulder and Gilpin
        counties.  Storm totals included: 15 inches at Rollinsville...
        14 inches at Aspen Springs...12.5 inches near Nederland...and
        5.7 inches in the Denver Stapleton area.  Strong winds...heavy
        snow...and poor visibility forced the closure of Interstate 70
        from Denver east to the Kansas state line.  North winds
        gusted to 32 mph at Denver International Airport on the 19th.
19-21 In 1888...heavy snowfall totaled 8.6 inches over downtown
        Denver.  North winds were sustained to 27 mph on the 19th.
20    In 1915...north winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
        to 42 mph.  Only a trace of snow fell.
      In 1989...2 to 6 inches of snow fell along the Front Range
        Urban Corridor with up to 9 inches in Boulder.  Only 1.6
        inches of snowfall were measured at Stapleton International
        Airport where north winds gusted to 36 mph.
20-21 In 1878...warm days with high temperatures in the lower
        70`s in the city...caused snow to melt on the Palmer
        Divide...which caused the waters in Cherry Creek to rise.
        The high...rapid running water damaged a home and eroded
        bridge footings and abutments.  Some bridges became unsafe
        for the passage of trains.
      In 1904...southwest winds sustained to 48 mph with gusts
        to 60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 68 degrees
        on the 20th.  The high was only 42 degrees on the 21st
        behind a cold front...which produced 1.3 inches of snow
        and northeast winds sustained to 27 mph overnight.
      In 1923...post-frontal rain changed to heavy snow and
        totaled 8.2 inches over the city.  North winds were
        sustained to 27 mph with gusts to 29 mph on the 20th.
        This was the second major snow in a week.
      In 1932...rain changed to heavy snow...which totaled 6.2
        inches in downtown Denver.  North winds gusted to 22 mph
        on the 21st.
      In 1948...heavy snowfall totaled 7.2 inches over downtown
        Denver.
      In 1952...a major snow storm produced north wind gusts to 35
        mph and dumped 16.9 inches of snowfall on Stapleton
        Airport.  The maximum snow depth on the ground was 13
        inches due to melting.
      In 2000...heavy snow fell in and near the foothills of
        Douglas and Jefferson counties.  Snowfall totals
        included:  9 inches near Tiny Town and 7 inches in
        Littleton.  Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at the
        site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
        North winds gusted to 34 mph at Denver International
        Airport on the 20th.
20-22 In 1944...heavy snow fell over metro Denver for a total of
        36 hours.  The storm dumped 18.5 inches of snowfall over
        downtown Denver and 12.2 inches at Stapleton Airport.
        Fortunately...there were no strong winds with the storm.
        North winds to only 19 mph were recorded on the 21st.
21    In 1898...an apparent Canadian cold front produced strong
        winds and plunged temperatures from a high of 56 degrees
        to a low of 8 degrees late in the day.  North winds were
        sustained to 48 mph with gusts to 60 mph.
      In 1908...light snowfall of 1.3 inches produced 0.10 inch
        of precipitation.  This...along with the 0.01 inch of
        precipitation on the 8th...resulted in the driest March
        on record with a total of 0.11 inch of precipitation.
      In 1916...southwest winds were sustained to 46 mph with a
        gust to 48 mph.  The chinook winds warmed the temperature
        to a high of 62 degrees.
      In 1923...heavy snowfall totaled 8.0 inches in downtown
        Denver.
      In 1953...northwest winds gusting to 57 mph briefly reduced
        visibility to 3/4 miles in blowing dust at Stapleton
        Airport.
      In 1981...rain changed rapidly to snow...but totaled only
        2.8 inches at Stapleton International Airport.  North
        winds gusting to 35 mph produced much blowing snow and
        reduced the visibility to a half mile at times.  Over the
        higher elevations of south metro Denver...4 to 6 inches of
        snow were measured.
21-22 In 1955...wind gusts to 98 mph were recorded at Rocky Flats
        south of Boulder.  Some damage and a few minor injuries
        were reported in Boulder.  Northwest winds were sustained
        to 28 mph with gusts to 39 mph at Stapleton Airport on the
        22nd.
      In 1966...a vigorous cold front produced only 1.7 inches of
        snowfall at Stapleton International Airport...but northeast
        winds gusted to 49 mph on the 21st.  Temperatures cooled
        from a maximum of 66 degrees on the 21st to a minimum of
        14 degrees on the 22nd.  Strong winds occurred on both
        days.
      In 1992...an Arctic cold front produced upslope snow across
        metro Denver mainly west of I-25.  Castle Rock reported 6
        inches of snow with 3 inches at Evergreen.  At Stapleton
        International Airport...only 1.5 inches of snowfall were
        measured and northeast winds gusted to 18 mph on the 21st.
22    In 1905...apparent post-frontal north winds were sustained to
        49 mph.
      In 1922...a vigorous cold front with north winds sustained to
        41 mph brought only 0.6 inch of snowfall to the city.
        These were the highest winds of the month.
      In 1966...high winds caused extensive blowing snow that
        impeded traffic and closed highways over a wide area of
        eastern Colorado.  Wind damage was widespread...but minor.
        North wind gusts to 47 mph were recorded at Stapleton
        International Airport where visibility was reduced as low
        as 1/8 mile in blowing snow.
      In 1975...a strong west wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport...while east of Denver
        the strong winds caused minor property damage and
        considerable blowing dust which closed several roads.
      In 1979...near-blizzard conditions paralyzed the northeastern
        quarter of the state.  Strong winds and drifting snow
        closed many roads...including I-25 and I-70.  Power outages
        darkened sections of metro Denver.  Snow accumulations of
        4 to 12 inches were measured over the plains with drifts
        several feet deep.  Only 3.5 inches of snow were recorded
        at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
        gusted to 39 mph causing some blowing snow.
      In 1995...strong winds associated with a fast moving Pacific
        cold front moved from the mountains into metro Denver.
        Winds estimated at 60 to 75 mph picked up rocks and
        shattered the windows of a car in Louisville.  The strong
        winds blew down and partially destroyed two houses under
        construction just north of Thornton.  West winds gusted
        to 53 mph at Denver International Airport where the
        visibility was briefly reduced to 1/2 mile in blowing dust.
22-23 In 1936...heavy snowfall of 7.7 inches was measured in
        downtown Denver.  The heavy wet snowfall formed a thick
        coating of snow on trees and shrubs...but caused little
        damage.  North winds were sustained to 15 mph.
      In 1984...around a half foot of new snow fell across metro
        Denver...causing flight delays at Stapleton International
        Airport where snowfall totaled 6.0 inches and north winds
        gusted to 31 mph.  Up to a foot of snow fell in the
        foothills.  Icy roads produced numerous traffic accidents.
      In 2011...Strong bora winds developed along the Front Range
        following the passage of a storm system. Peak wind gusts
        included: 87 mph at the National Wind Technology Center;
        82 mph...6 miles northwest of Boulder; 72 mph at Front
        Range Airport in Broomfield; 71 mph at Longmont; and 64
        mph...4 miles west of Lakewood. At Denver International
        Airport...a peak wind gust of 48 mph from the west was
        observed on the 22nd.
      In 2013...A wet early spring snowstorm brought heavy snow to
        parts of the Front Range Foothills and Urban Corridor.  The
        heaviest snowfall occurred near the Front Range Foothills
        and Palmer Divide. Near blizzard conditions forced the
        closure of Interstate 70 east of Denver.  In the foothills...
        storm totals included: 14.5 inches near Conifer; 14 inches
        just southwest of Eldorado Springs and Intercanyon; 13
        inches near Indian Hills; 12.5 inches near Pinecliffe;
        11.5 inches near Golden; 11 inches near Jamestown and
        Roxborough; 10.5 inches near Brookvale and 10 inches at
        Genesee.  Across the Urban Corridor and Palmer Divide...
        storm totals included: 12.5 inches...8 miles southeast of
        Watkins; 10.5 inches in Boulder...Centennial and Northglenn;
        9.5 inches...just south of Aurora; 9 inches in Westminster;
        8 inches at Lafayette; 7.5 inches near Morrison; 7 inches
        in Arvada...Bennett...Brighton; 6 inches in Highlands Ranch...
        Longmont...Louisville and Thornton. Officially...11.6 inches
        of snow fell at DIA from the evening of the 22nd to the
        afternoon of the 23rd...which set a new two-day snowfall
        record in Denver for the date. In addition...a peak wind
        gust to 33 mph was observed from the east on the 22nd with
        a gust to 30 mph from the north on the 23rd.
22-24 In 1965...a vigorous cold front swept across metro Denver
        late on the afternoon of the 22nd with east-northeast
        winds gusting to 38 mph causing some blowing dust.
        Snowfall from the storm totaled 4.4 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport.  Temperatures on the 22nd dropped
        from a maximum of 63 degrees to 18 degrees in just 10 hours
        and dipped to 3 degrees below zero on the morning of the
        24th.  Maximum temperatures warmed to only 19 degrees on
        the 23rd and 18 degrees on the 24th.
23    In 1887...west winds sustained to 44 mph warmed the temperature
        to a high of 66 degrees.
      In 1910...southwest winds were sustained to 40 mph.  The
        chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high of 73
        degrees.
      In 1913...west winds were sustained to 40 mph with a gust
        to 44 mph.
      In 1951...a chinook wind gust to 56 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1957...strong north winds gusting to 62 mph reduced the
        visibility at times to 1 mile in blowing dust at Stapleton
        Airport as metro Denver dodged a major spring storm...
        which produced heavy rain...snow...wind...and dust over
        eastern Colorado on the 22nd through the 25th.  Snow
        drifted to 15-foot depths in some areas.  All traffic
        was blocked...power lines were downed...and livestock and
        crop losses were high.
      In 1994...strong winds raked the eastern foothills.  While
        the highest winds occurred north of metro Denver...wind
        gusts to 74 mph were recorded atop Squaw Mountain near
        Idaho Springs and to 70 mph at Rocky Flats north of
        Golden.  West wind gusts to 40 mph were recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 2005...lightning struck the roof of a home in Paradise
        Hills near Genesee.  About 5 percent of the residence
        was damaged by the resulting fire.
23-24 In 1909...post-frontal rain on the 23rd changed to heavy snow
        during the evening and continued through the morning of the
        24th.  Snowfall totaled 13.8 inches.  Rain and melted snow...
        totaled 2.43 inches...which was the record greatest 24 hour
        precipitation ever recorded in March at that time.  A
        thunderstorm of moderate intensity occurred on the 23rd in
        advance of the cold front.  North winds were sustained to
        27 mph overnight.
      In 1990...several hours of freezing drizzle covered roadways
        with a thin layer of "black ice" which caused nearly 100
        traffic accidents across metro Denver.  In Boulder...snow
        and freezing rain caused numerous accidents and brief power
        outages.  Snow in Boulder ranged from an inch east of town
        to 4 to 5 inches near Table Mesa.  At times thunder was
        heard during the snow.  Snowfall totaled only 0.6 inch
        at Stapleton International Airport where northwest winds
        gusted to 30 mph on the 23rd.
      In 1995...high winds developed late on the 23rd and continued
        through the 24th.  A few windows were blown out of a Denver
        high rise building...spraying glass on the sidewalks and
        streets below.  Southeast winds gusted to 48 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 23rd.
      In 1996...the third storm in 10 days brought heavy snow to
        the mountains...foothills...and metro Denver.  Snowfall
        totaled 18 inches at Golden Gate Canyon and 10 inches
        at Nederland in the foothills.  Across metro Denver...
        snowfall ranged from 4 to 8 inches.  At the site of the
        former Stapleton International Airport...snowfall totaled
        6.5 inches with most of the snow occurring on the 24th.
        North winds gusted to 34 mph at Denver International
        Airport.  As the storm moved east on the 24th and 25th...
        blizzard conditions developed over northeastern Colorado
        closing both I-70 and I-76 east of Denver.
      In 2010...a powerful spring snowstorm swept across northern
        Colorado.  The heaviest snowfall occurred in and near the
        Front Range Foothills and deep upslope developed. The
        heavy...wet snow clung to tree limbs and power lines...which
        caused 36500 electrical outages throughout Denver and the
        surrounding metro area.  Power outages also occurred in
        Douglas and Elbert Counties.  In addition...approximately
        5 thousand travelers were stranded at Denver International
        Airport due to flight cancellations and delays. Initially...
        the snow fell at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour...between
        Boulder and Denver...bringing the evening rush hour to a
        complete halt.  Countless motorists were stuck on U.S.
        Highway 36 for several hours.  Other road closures
        included I-70...from Idaho Springs to Genesee and I-25 in
        both directions...from Lincoln Avenue south to Greenland...
        or about 15 miles south of Castle Rock. In and near the
        Front Range Foothills and Palmer Ridge...storm totals
        included:  26 inches at Coal Creek Canyon...23.5 inches...3
        miles south of Evergreen; 22 inches at Aspen Springs...13
        miles northwest of Golden and 3 miles west of Jamestown;
        21.5 inches...3 miles north of Blackhawk...20 inches at
        Genesee; 16 inches near Nederland; 14 inches near
        Elizabeth and Strontia Springs Dam; 13 inches at Bergen
        Park and 3 miles southeast of Indian Hills; 12.5 inches...
        3 miles southwest of Conifer; 11.5 inches at St. Mary`s
        Glacier.  In Denver and the surrounding suburbs...storm
        totals included:  15 inches at Lone Tree; 14 inches near
        Highlands Ranch; 13 inches near Louisville...12.5 inches
        at Aurora...Commerce City...Englewood and 5 miles west of
        Littleton; 12 inches at Erie and Greenwood Village; 11
        inches at Ralston Reservoir and Westminster; 10.5 inches
        at the National Weather Service in Boulder...10 inches...
        4 miles northeast of Castle Rock...Fredrick...Lakewood...3
        miles southeast of Morrison and 4 miles southeast
        of Watkins; 9.5 inches...3 miles southeast of Denver; 9
        inches in Broomfield...Lafayette...Northglenn and Thornton;
        8.5 inches near Federal Heights; 8 inches in Arvada...
        Brighton and Wheat Ridge; 6 inches...5 miles southwest
        of Hudson.  Officially...10.8 inches of snow was measured
        at Denver International Airport.
23-25 In 1891...rain changed to snow and totaled 8.8 inches in
        downtown Denver.  Most of the snow fell on the 24th.
        Winds were light.
      In 1964...heavy snowfall of 5.8 inches was measured at
        Stapleton International Airport.  North-northeast winds
        gusted to 21 mph behind a cold front.
24    In 1909...a major winter storm dumped 13.8 inches of snow over
        downtown Denver.
      In 1915...a cold front produced post-frontal winds to 41 mph.
      In 1919...some unusually soft but rather large hail fell with
        the beginning of precipitation from the first thunderstorm
        of the season early in the evening.  Only a trace of rain
        was observed.
      In 1937...a light to moderate dust storm began at 1:30 PM and
        continued until 8:30 PM.  The storm reduced the visibility
        to 3/4 mile at times.  Northeast winds were sustained to
        29 mph with gusts to 34 mph.
      In 1970...a vigorous cold front produced a northeast wind gust
        to 60 mph at Stapleton International Airport where 3.2
        inches of snow fell following the frontal passage.  The
        strong winds caused minor damage from Denver northward...and
        billows of blowing dust reduced visibility at times.
        Following the passage of the cold front...the temperature
        dropped 25 degrees in an hour from 65 to 40 degrees.
      In 1982...a strong cold front roared across metro Denver.
        Northeast winds gusted to 48 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport.  The strong winds behind the front created a huge
        cloud of dust at least one thousand feet high...which briefly
        reduced visibilities to less than one mile.
      In 1987...near-blizzard conditions over northeastern Colorado
        closed both I-70 and I-76 east of Denver.  While only a
        trace of snow fell in Denver...northeast winds gusted to 37
        mph.
      In 1997...an early spring storm brought snow to metro Denver.
        The heaviest snow fell in the foothills and over the Palmer
        Divide.  Snowfall at Conifer totaled 5 inches.  A woman was
        killed when she lost control of her vehicle on snow packed
        and slick roads near Castle Rock.  Snowfall totaled only
        1.3 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport.  North winds gusted to 46 mph at Denver
        International Airport.
24-25 In 1904...west bora winds sustained to 40 mph with gusts to
        55 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 49 degrees on
        the 24th.  Overnight...a cold front produced 4.5 inches of
        snow.  The high temperature was only 34 degrees on the 25th.
      In 1955...a vigorous cold front with winds sustained to
        34 mph and gusts to 39 mph briefly reduced the visibility
        to 2 miles in blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.
        Post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 9.5 inches at
        Stapleton Airport where the maximum snow depth on the
        ground was 7 inches.
24-26 In 1959...the second major spring storm in less than a week
        dumped 10 to 20 inches of wet snow across northeastern
        Colorado.  Snowfall totaled 14.3 inches at Stapleton
        Airport where north winds gusted to 36 mph...causing near-
        blizzard conditions with visibilities frequently reduced to
        1/2 mile in snow and blowing snow.  Many travelers were
        marooned when trains...planes...and buses were unable to make
        their schedules.  Utility lines were again damaged as a
        result of the storm.
25    In 1874...the wind blowing in gusts from the west-northwest
        filled the air with dust so dense that only the houses
        in the immediate neighborhood of the weather station
        could be recognized.  The brisk winds continued through
        the afternoon.
      In 1886...heavy snowfall of 6.5 inches occurred in the city.
      In 1896...northwest winds sustained to 58 mph with gusts to
        65 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 70 degrees.
      In 1911...west winds were sustained to 43 mph.  The chinook
        winds warmed the temperature to a high of 65 degrees.
      In 1925...northwest winds were sustained to 41 mph with gusts
        to 46 mph.
      In 1950...strong chinook winds gusted to 50 mph at Stapleton
        Airport.
      In 1976...3.4 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
        Airport where northeast winds gusted to 46 mph.  The
        strong winds at 20 to 35 mph all day produced a rare
        "snirt" storm when blowing dust and dirt became mixed
        with snow and blowing snow reducing the visibility to as
        low as 1/4 mile at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1984...1 to 4 inches of new snow fell across metro
        Denver.  Icy roads contributed to many accidents.  The
        most hazardous conditions occurred in the foothills west
        of Denver.  Both I-70 and U.S. 40 were closed at the
        height of the Sunday afternoon ski rush...causing delays
        of many hours.  Snowfall totaled only 1.0 inch at
        Stapleton International Airport with only a trace on
        the ground due to melting.
      In 1988...high winds in the mountains spread over metro
        Denver.  A wind gust to 75 mph was noted in Boulder where
        a traffic light was downed.  Power outages were reported in
        Boulder County.  Northwest winds to 46 mph were recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport.
25-26 In 1899...a major storm dumped 13.1 inches of heavy snow
        over downtown Denver.  Rain changed to snow around mid-
        morning on the 25th.  Snowfall became heavy and continued
        until late evening on the 26th.  North to northeast
        winds gusted to 30 mph on both days.  The cold air mass
        plunged temperatures from a high of 55 degrees on the
        25th to a low of 8 degrees on the 26th.
      In 1995...a potent early spring storm produced heavy snow in
        the mountains...but skipped over metro Denver...before
        producing blizzard conditions and 6-foot drifts over
        eastern Colorado...causing the closure of I-70 and other
        highways.  Only 0.7 inch of snow fell at the site of the
        former Stapleton International Airport.  North winds
        gusted to 40 mph at Denver International Airport on
        the 25th.
      In 2001...a persistent band of moderate to heavy snow showers
        with a few embedded thunderstorms formed in the foothills
        around Estes Park and spread to the southeast across Boulder
        and Denver and on the plains to the east of Denver.  Thunder
        and snow was reported at Jefferson County...Centennial...and
        Denver International Airports during the evening of the 25th.
        Snowfall totals included:  7 inches at Boulder and Louisville;
        6 inches at Broomfield...Niwot...and Westminster; 5 inches at
        Eldorado Springs...Nederland...and near Strasburg.  Only 2.1
        inches of snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.
25-27 In 1904...heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches in downtown
        Denver.

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