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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST MON FEB 26 2024

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

22-29 In 1960...heavy snowfall of 6.1 inches at Stapleton Airport on
        the 22nd and 23rd marked the beginning of a protracted cold
        spell which lasted until the end of the month.  The cloudy...
        cold weather was accompanied by occasional light snow or
        flurries and fog.  New record low temperatures for the dates
        were set on the 24th thru the 29th with the lowest
        temperature of 11 degrees below zero on the 28th.  The
        seven consecutive days of low temperatures of zero or below
        had been exceeded in duration only 4 times previously.  New
        low maximum temperatures for the dates were set on the 23rd...
        24th...and the 26th thru the 29th with the lowest maximum
        temperature of 8 degrees recorded on the 26th.
25-26 In 1971...a wind gust to 100 mph was recorded in Boulder at
        the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  The cold
        west winds gusted to 53 mph in downtown Boulder.  No damage
        was reported.  Northwest winds gusted to 31 mph on the
        25th and to 38 mph on the 26th at Stapleton International
      In 1984...a heavy snow storm left 1 to 2 feet of new snow in
        the foothills west of Denver.  I-70 was closed...stranding
        skiers returning from the mountains.  Most had to spend
        several hours in Idaho Springs.  The snow spread over metro
        Denver with 9 inches at Littleton...Castle Rock...and Boulder
        and up to 5 inches in Aurora and Denver.  Snowfall totaled
        only 3.6 inches at Stapleton International Airport where
        north winds gusted to 31 mph.
26    In 1884...heavy snowfall totaled 6.0 inches in downtown
      In 1908...a duststorm occurred in the city during the
        afternoon.  Northwest winds were sustained from 14 to
        24 mph.
      In 1918...pre-frontal chinook winds from the southwest...
        sustained to 43 mph with a maximum velocity to 52 mph...
        warmed temperatures to a high of 62 degrees.
      In 1954...strong chinook winds gusting to 52 mph during
        the morning warmed the temperature in Denver to a balmy 65
        degrees by early afternoon.  A vigorous Canadian cold front
        during the late afternoon produced north winds at sustained
        speeds of 52 mph with gusts as high as 65 mph and billows
        of blowing dust...which reduced the visibility to as low as
        1 mile at Stapleton Airport.  Showers left half an inch of
        snow on the ground as the temperature dipped to a low of
        27 degrees before midnight.
      In 1989...a brief rain shower produced a microburst wind gust
        to 51 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1997...snowfall totaled 4 to 6 inches in and near the
        foothills.  Only 0.8 inch of snow fell at the site of
        the former Stapleton International Airport.  Northeast
        winds gusted to 29 mph at Denver International Airport.
      In 2013...a storm system produced heavy snow in the Front
        Range Foothills. Storm totals included: 12 inches near
        Black Mountain and Pine Junction...10 inches near Conifer
        and Nederland; 9 inches...12 miles northwest of Golden; 8
        inches near Evergreen...with 6 inches near Eldorado Springs.
        Snow and blowing snow produced blizzard conditions along
        and south of the Interstate 70 corridor...just east of
        Denver.  Storm totals generally ranged from 3 to 7 inches.
        North winds of 25 to 30 mph were reported with gusts around
        40 mph. Roads became impassable as snow and blowing snow
        produced 3 to 4 ft snow drifts. Interstate 70 was closed
        from Aurora to the Kansas state line. At Denver
        International Airport...a peak wind gust to 31 mph was
        reported along with 1.0 inch of snow.
26-27 In 1893...heavy snowfall totaled 7.9 inches in downtown
        Denver.  Most of the snow...6.7 inches...fell on the 27th.
        Northeast winds were sustained to 18 mph with gusts to
        30 mph behind an apparent cold front.
      In 1939...heavy snowfall of 8.1 inches was the heaviest of
        the month in downtown Denver.  North winds sustained to
        21 mph on the 26th and to 28 mph on the 27th caused much
        drifting.  The greatest snow depth on the ground was 7.8
        inches at noon on the 27th.
      In 1987...a snowstorm dropped 4 to 8 inches of snow across
        metro Denver...causing flight delays at Stapleton
        International Airport where snowfall totaled 3.8 inches
        and north winds gusted to 24 mph.  Both I-70 and I-25
        were closed for a time to the east and south of Denver.

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