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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT FRI APR 6 2018

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

3-6   In 1898...snowfall totaled 8.7 inches in downtown Denver
        over the 4 days.  Northeast winds were sustained to
        48 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph on the 3rd.
      In 1983...a prolonged heavy snow storm blanketed the area
        along with very cold temperatures.  The greatest amounts
        of snow fell in the foothills where 24 to 42 inches
        were measured.  A foot of snow fell in Boulder.  Snow
        fell for 50 consecutive hours at Stapleton International
        Airport on the 3rd through the 5th with a total snowfall
        of 8.8 inches and a maximum accumulation on the ground of
        6 inches on the 5th.  In Denver...the mercury failed to rise
        above freezing for 3 consecutive days...on the 4th...5th...and
        6th...for the first time ever in April.  Five daily
        temperature records were set from the 4th through the 6th.
        Record low temperatures of 12 degrees occurred on the 5th
        with 7 degrees on the 6th.  Record low maximum temperatures
        of 25 degrees occurred on the 4th...27 degrees on the 5th...
        and 28 degrees on the 6th.
4-7   In rain changed to heavy snow on the
        afternoon of the 4th and continued through mid-morning of
        the 7th.  Total snowfall was 18.7 inches...but most of the
        snow...14.0 inches...fell from 6:00 PM on the 4th to 6:00 PM
        on the 5th.  North to northeast winds were sustained to
        32 mph on the 4th and to 30 mph on the 7th.  Total
        precipitation from the storm was 1.78 inches.
5-6   In 1939...3.0 inches of snow fell in downtown Denver.  North
        winds were sustained to 34 mph on the 5th and to 26 mph on
        the 6th.  The strong winds caused considerable drifting of
        snow.  Several highways leading into the city were closed
        during the height of the storm due to poor visibility.
        Streets and highways became coated with ice in places.
        The temperature dipped to 11 degrees early on the 6th.
        This was the coldest reading of the month that year.
        Most vegetation was not far enough advanced to be injured
        by the cold temperatures...although a few buds froze on
        early shrubbery.
      In 1949...strong winds in Boulder caused limited minor damage.
        West-northwest winds were sustained to 24 mph with some
        higher gusts at Stapleton Airport.
5-7   In 1916...rain changed to snow behind a cold front on the
        5th and totaled 4.5 inches in the city.  A thunderstorm
        produced snow on the 6th.  North winds were sustained to
        35 mph with gusts to 38 mph on the 7th.
6     In 1904...northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
        to 48 mph.
      In rain changed to snow but totaled only
        0.1 inch.  However...north winds were sustained to 40 mph
        with gusts to 44 mph in the city.
      In 1954...a vigorous cold front produced northeast winds at 38
        mph with gusts as high as 50 mph.  The strong winds briefly
        reduced visibility to 1 1/2 miles in blowing dust at
        Stapleton Airport.
      In 1972...wind gusts to 68 mph were recorded at the National
        Bureau of Standards in Boulder.  Winds peaked to 54 mph in
        downtown Boulder.  Minor damage was reported.  Northwest
        winds gusted to 44 mph at Stapleton International Airport
        where the strong chinook winds warmed the temperature to
        a high of 80 degrees...equaling the record maximum for the
6-7   In 1872...rain changed to snow overnight.  Snow with high
        north winds continued all day on the 7th.  Precipitation
        (rain and melted snow) totaled 0.50 inch.  Due to problems
        on the lines...the morning weather report was not sent by
        telegraph until 3:10 PM and the midnight report was not
        sent at all.
       In 1957...heavy snowfall totaled 6.6 inches at Stapleton
        Airport where north winds gusted to 46 mph.  This was the
        second heavy snow event in less than 4 days.
      In 1969...winds gusting as high as 50 to 60 mph caused only
        light damage along the eastern foothills.  The strong
        winds contributed to the spread of a forest fire near
        Boulder.  Sustained winds of 25 mph with gusts to 53 mph
        were recorded in Boulder.  Southwest winds gusted to 38
        mph on the 6th and 44 mph on the 7th at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1980...high winds howled along the foothills each day.  A
        wind gust to 72 mph was recorded in Lakewood.  The strong
        winds blew a camper top off a pickup truck in Denver.  At
        Stapleton International Airport...west winds gusted to 41
        mph on both days.
      In 1998...a spring storm brought a mix of snow and thunder
        to metro Denver...the foothills...and Palmer Divide.  Conifer
        and Elizabeth both measured 4 inches of new snow.  On the
        6th...only 0.1 inch of snow fell at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport where thunder was heard
        on both days.  Precipitation totaled 0.60 inch at Denver
        International Airport where west winds gusted to 43 mph
        on the 6th.
6-8   In 1973...a major spring snow storm dumped 11.6 inches of
        snowfall over metro Denver.  North wind gusts of 30 to 35
        mph produced some blowing snow.  Most of the heavy wet snow...
        10.1 inches...fell on the 7th when temperatures remained
        in the 20`s.  Snow accumulated on the ground to a maximum
        depth of 9 inches.  Low temperature of 5 degrees on the
        8th was a new record minimum for the date and the lowest
        for so late in the season.

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