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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST WED FEB 20 2019

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

18-20 In snowfall totaled 6.9 inches in downtown
        Denver over the 3 days.  Most of the snow fell on the 19th.
        Northeast winds were sustained to 21 mph with a measured
        extreme velocity to 24 mph on the 18th.
      In 1924...light snowfall totaled 4.6 inches over the 3 days.
        This was the only measurable snowfall of the month.  High
        temperatures plunged from 45 degrees on the 18th to 17
        degrees on the 20th.  Low temperatures dipped from 31
        degrees on the 18th to only 8 degrees on the 20th.
        Northeast winds were sustained to 24 mph on the 19th.
      In 1953...a major blizzard dumped 10.6 inches of snowfall at
        Stapleton Airport.  Strong north winds at sustained speeds
        of 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 44 mph frequently
        reduced visibilities to 1/4 mile in blowing snow during the
        day of the 19th.  The strong winds caused much drifting
        snow...making accurate snowfall measurements almost
        impossible.  Precipitation from the storm totaled 1.13
        inches.  The 1.01 inches of precipitation on the 19th
        was the greatest calendar day and 24 hour precipitation
        ever recorded in the city during the month of February.
      In 1987...large amounts of new snow fell in the Front Range
        foothills.  The foothills received 10 to 20 inches of new
        snow with 4 to 8 inches on the adjacent plains.  On the
        19th...flight delays occurred at Stapleton International
        Airport where snowfall totaled 4.2 inches and east winds
        gusted to only 18 mph on the 19th.  Schools were closed
        in the foothills above Boulder.
19-20 In heavy snowfall totaled 8.4 inches over
        downtown Denver.  Most of the snow...6.6 inches...fell on the
        20th when north winds were sustained to 16 mph with gusts
        to 18 mph.  The temperature dipped to a low of 9 degrees
        on the 20th.
      In snowfall totaled 5.4 inches in the
        city.  The snow covered streets and highways with a coating
        of ice as the temperature fell from 36 degrees at 2:00 PM on
        the 19th to a low of 4 degrees at 3:00 AM on the 20th.  Many
        motorists were marooned for several hours.  Northeast winds
        were sustained to 24 mph on the 19th.
19-21 In 1971...heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where north winds gusted to only
        16 mph.  Most of the snow occurred on the 19th and 20th.
        The 24 hour snowfall of 8.2 inches was the greatest in
        February since 1953.
20    In 1937...6.6 inches of heavy snow fell in downtown Denver.
      In 1976...a cold front produced north wind gusts to 49 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport where snowfall totaled 4.7
        inches.  North winds at sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph
        with higher gusts persisted throughout the day...producing
        much blowing snow.  East of the city...winds gusting 40 to
        80 mph caused blizzard conditions and produced drifts 2 to
        4 feet high.
      In 1981...a vigorous cold front at midday produced strong
        northeast winds at 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph and billows
        of blowing dust reducing the visibility to 3 miles during
        the afternoon.  Even stronger winds from the north at
        25 mph with gusts to 45 mph in snow and blowing snow
        reduced the visibility to 1/4 mile during the evening.
        Snowfall totaled only 2.6 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport.
20-21 In 1997...heavy snow fell in the foothills.  Snowfall totals
        included:  16 inches at Eldora Ski Area; 15 inches at South
        Turkey Creek; 14 inches at Conifer and Morrison; and 11
        inches at Blackhawk...Evergreen...and Intercanyon.  Only
        1.0 inch of snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.  Northeast winds gusted to 32 mph
        at Denver International Airport on the 20th.
      In 2014...high winds occurred in and near the foothills of
        Boulder and Jefferson Counties. Peak wind reports included:
        93 mph near Gold Hill; 89 mph at NCAR Mesa Lab; 83 mph at
        the National Wind Technology Center; 76 Boulder...4
        miles east-northeast of Nederland and the Junction of
        Colorado Highways 72 and 93; and 75 mph at Lyons. Scattered
        electrical outages were reported in Boulder...Denver and
        Littleton...which affected 3400 Xcel Energy customers.  At
        Denver International Airport...a peak wind of 50 mph was
        observed from the west on the 21st.

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