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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on October 30, 2014


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

27-30 in 2009... a powerful early season storm brought heavy
        snow to the Front Range. The combination of a deep
        northeasterly upslope flow coupled with abundant moisture
        and lift with the developing storm system produced an
        extended period of moderate to heavy snowfall. The heavy
        wet snow accumulated on trees and resulted in broken
        branches and scattered electrical outages. Interstates 70
        and 76 were closed east of Denver. Numerous other roads
        and highways were shut down. The Red Cross set up numerous
        emergency shelters for stranded travelers. The blowing
        snow at Denver International Airport forced the
        cancellation of hundreds of flights. Schools were also
        closed. In the foothills storm totals included: 46 inches...
        3 miles southeast of pinecliffe; 42 inches... 3 miles
        southwest of conifer; 34 inches... 3 miles north of
        blackhawk; 30 inches at Aspen Springs and near Evergreen...
        23 inches at Roxborough Park... and 20 inches... 3 miles
        south-southeast of Morrison. Across the urban corridor
        storm totals included: 25 inches in Highlands ranch;
        21.5 inches near Louisville... 20.5 inches in Broomfield...
        20 inches at Lafayette... 17.5 inches in Boulder... 17 inches
        in Westminster... 16.5 inches in erie; 15.5 inches in
        Arvada and 5 miles west-northwest of Littleton... 15 inches
        in Littleton... 14 inches in Englewood... 13.5 inches in
        Lakewood and 6 miles north of thornton; 13.3 inches at
        Denver International Airport... 11 inches... 4 miles south of
        denver; 10.5 inches... 2 miles north of Cherry Hills Village
        and Niwot.
28-30 in 1971... a vigorous cold front plunged temperatures from a
        high of 70 degrees on the 27th to record low levels on the
        29th and 30th. Snowfall totaled 3.1 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where north winds gusted to 23 mph.
        Some freezing drizzle also fell on the 28th. Record daily
        low maximum temperatures of 32 degrees on the 28th and 25
        degrees on the 29th were established along with a daily
        record minimum of 13 degrees on the 30th.
28-31 in 1929... rain changed to snow on the afternoon of the 28th
        and continued until midday on the 30th followed by
        intermittent light snow which continued through the 31st.
        Snowfall over the four days totaled 16.2 inches in the
        city. Most of the snow... 8.5 inches... fell on the 29th
        with 6.1 inches on the 30th. Temperatures hovered in
        20's during most of the storm.
29-30 in 1905... heavy snowfall developed on the evening of the 29th
        and continued through the evening of the 30th. Snowfall
        totaled 11.0 inches in downtown Denver. Precipitation
        was 1.02 inches. Temperatures were generally in the 20's.
      In 1959... rain during most of the day on the 28th changed to
        snow early on the 29th and continued through most of the
        30th. Heavy snowfall totaled 7.4 inches at Stapleton
        Airport. North-northeast winds gusted to 24 mph on the
        30th. Some freezing drizzle also occurred on the 30th.
      In 1981... 4 to 8 inches of new snow were recorded in the
        foothills west of Denver. Snowfall totaled only 0.4 inch
        at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 25 mph.
29-31 in 1889... the first snowfall of the season totaled 14.0 inches
        over the three days in downtown Denver. Snowfall was 8.0
        inches on the 29th and 5.0 inches on the 31st. North to
        northeast winds gusted to 30 mph on the 29th.
      In 1950... a warm spell resulted in five daily temperature
        records. Record highs of 84... 80... and 79 degrees occurred
        on the 29th... 30th... and 31st... respectively. Low temperature
        of 49 degrees on the 30th was the record high minimum for
        the date.
      In 1991... the second surge of cold Arctic air in a matter of
        days plunged Metro Denver into the deep freeze. While
        low temperatures remained above zero... high temperatures
        were only in the 20's. Three temperature records were set:
        record lows of 7 degrees on the 30th and 10 degrees on the
        31st and a record low maximum of only 21 degrees on the
        30th. Snowfall was light with only 1.9 inches recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport where east winds gusted
        to 23 mph.
      In 2002... snowfall totaled 4.3 inches at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted to 32
        mph on the 29th behind a cold front... which plunged
        temperatures well below seasonal normals. High temperatures
        of 18 degrees on the 30th and 19 degrees on the 31st were
        record low maximums for each date. Low temperatures dipped
        to 12 degrees on the 30th and 15 degrees on the 31st.
29-1 in 1972... heavy snowfall totaled 15.5 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport. However... the heaviest snow occurred
        on Halloween night when 7 inches fell on trick-or-treaters
        during a short 3-hour period. I-25 was closed south of
        Denver. North winds gusting to 29 mph caused some blowing
        snow on the 1st. The snow started late on the 29th and
        ended during the mid afternoon on the 1st. The greatest
        snow depth on the ground at Stapleton International Airport
        was 13 inches on the 1st.
30 in 1974... a rare thunderstorm for so late in October produced
        hail to 3/8 inch in diameter and 0.10 inch of rain at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1991... the high temperature warmed to only 21 degrees... the
        all-time record low maximum for the month of October. The
        same temperature also occurred on October 25... 1997.


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