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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on October 25, 2016

... Today in Metro Denver weather history...

24-25 in 1921... rainfall totaled 0.35 inch overnight behind an
        apparent cold front. North winds were sustained to 40 mph
        with gusts to 46 mph on the 25th. Temperatures plunged
        from a high of 73 degrees on the 24th to a low of 39
        degrees on the 25th.
      In 1923... rain overnight changed to snow during the morning.
        The heavy snowfall accumulated to 12.0 inches before ending
        on the morning of the 25th. Post-frontal north winds were
        sustained to 22 mph with gusts to 23 mph on the 24th.
      In 1997... one of the worst and deadliest blizzards of the
        decade developed over eastern Colorado as deep east to
        northeast flow associated with a vigorous upper level low
        pressure system over The Four Corners... combined with a
        strong Arctic air mass over the central Great Plains.
        Snowfall totals across Metro Denver ranged from 14 to 31
        inches. The heaviest snowfall occurred in the foothills
        west and southwest of Denver where 2 to 4 feet of snow
        were measured. Sustained winds to 40 mph with gusts as
        high as 60 mph produced zero visibilities and extremely
        cold wind chill temperatures from 25 below to 40 below
        zero. Winds whipped the snow into drifts 4 to 10 feet
        deep. Several major and Interstate highways were closed
        as travel became impossible. Red Cross shelters were set
        up for hundreds of travelers who became stranded when
        they had to abandon their vehicles. Four people died in
        northeastern Colorado as a result of the blizzard. None of
        the deaths were in Metro Denver. At Denver International
        Airport... 4 thousand travelers were stranded when the Airport
        was forced to shut down. At least 120 cars were abandoned
        along pena Blvd... .the only arterial leading into and out
        of dia. The blizzard cost air carriers at least 20 million
        dollars. Thousands of cattle died in the storm over
        northeastern Colorado... resulting in losses totaling 1.5
        million dollars. Some of the more impressive snowfall
        totals included: 51 inches at Coal Creek canyon; 48
        inches at Silver Spruce ranch... near ward; 42 inches at
        intercanyon... in the foothills southwest of denver; 37 inches
        at sedalia; 35 inches at Aspen Springs and Conifer in the
        foothills west of denver; 31 inches at Eldorado Springs...
        southeast Aurora... and englewood; and 30 inches on Table Mesa
        in Boulder. Snowfall totaled 21.9 inches at the site of
        the former Stapleton International Airport... setting a new
        24-hour snowfall record of 19.1 inches for the month.
        Snowfall totaled only 14 inches at Denver International
        Airport where north winds gusted to 39 mph on the 24th.
        High temperature of only 21 degrees on the 25th equaled
        the record low maximum for the date first set in 1873.
        Low temperature of only 3 degrees on the 26th set a new
        record minimum for the date.
25 in 1925... a vigorous cold front produced north winds sustained
        to 42 mph with gusts to 52 mph. Post-frontal snowfall was
        only 0.4 inch during the late afternoon and early evening.
      In 1959... northwest winds gusted to 55 mph at Stapleton
      In 1997... the high temperature warmed to only 21 degrees... the
        record low maximum for the month. The same temperature
        also occurred on October 30... 1991.
25-26 in 1996... 4 to 6 inches of snow fell in the foothills west of
        Denver. Only 1.5 inches of snowfall were measured at the
        site of the former Stapleton International Airport on the
        26th. This was the only measurable snow of the month at
        the site. The snowfall produced icy and snowpacked
        highways... which resulted in a 50-to 60-car pileup on I-25
        south of Metro Denver. West winds gusted to 33 mph at
        Denver International Airport.
      In 2006... a winter storm brought heavy snowfall to Metro
        Denver and the eastern foothills. Total snowfall ranged
        from 12 to 22 inches over the higher terrain and 6 to 12
        inches across Metro Denver. Northerly winds at sustained
        speeds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 47 mph at
        Denver International Airport whipped the snow into drifts
        3 to 4 feet deep. Many tree limbs snapped under the weight
        of the heavy... wet snow which also downed power lines...
        leaving thousands of residents without power. Storm total
        snowfall included: 25 inches near Aspen Springs... Conifer...
        and evergreen; 23.5 inches near rollinsville; 23 inches in
        Idaho springs; 22.5 inches near blackhawk; 21.5 inches near
        bailey; 19 inches near Bergen park; 18 inches near Aspen
        Springs... Genesee... and jamestown; 17 inches southwest of
        boulder; 16 inches in evergreen; and 15 inches near
        Georgetown and Perry Park. Snowfall totaled 5.3 inches
        in the Denver Stapleton area. At Denver international
        aiport... rain... including a thunderstorm... changed to snow
        on the evening of the 25th after a high temperature of
        70 degrees.
      In 2010... a storm system brought heavy snow to the mountains
        west of Denver. Storm totals included: 24 inches at the
        eisenhower Tunnel... 18 inches at Loveland ski area; with
        16 inches at Arapahoe basin.
25-27 in 1897... a major storm dumped 13.5 inches of snowfall over
        downtown Denver. Rain changed to snow during the evening
        of the 25th and continued through mid-morning of the 27th.
        Most of the snow... 12.0 inches... fell on the 26th when north
        winds were sustained to 36 mph and gusts were as high as 46
        mph. Temperatures during the storm were in the 20's and
        lower 30's. Precipitation (rain and melted snow) totaled
        1.21 inches.

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