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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on April 25, 2015


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

23-25 in 1935... heavy wet snow fell across Metro Denver. The storm
        started as rain on the 23rd and changed to snow early on the
        morning of the 24th. There was continuous precipitation for
        a period of 48 hours. Snowfall totaled 19.0 inches over the
        city and 20.0 inches at Denver Municipal Airport. However...
        due to warm temperatures in the 30's... much of the snow
        melted as it fell and did not seriously disrupt traffic.
        The greatest snow accumulation on the ground downtown was
        12 inches... but it quickly melted. The highest sustained
        wind speed recorded during the storm was 28 mph from the
        north on the 23rd. The storm contained 3.16 inches of
        moisture.
24-25 in 1890... rain changed to snow and totaled 7.0 inches in
        downtown Denver.
      In 1931... heavy snowfall totaled 9.3 inches over downtown
        Denver. Winds were light during the storm.
      In 1996... the second wind storm in less than a week developed
        east of the Continental Divide and spread over Metro
        Denver. High winds gusted from 60 to 90 mph. Several
        power lines and poles were downed. Some of the stronger
        wind gusts included: 91 mph atop Squaw Mountain west of
        Denver... 90 mph atop Table Mesa near Boulder... 85 mph in
        Golden Gate Canyon... and 82 mph at Wondervu. Northwest
        winds gusted to 41 mph at Denver International Airport
        on the 25th.
24-26 in 1924... Post-frontal rain changed to snow... which became
        heavy and totaled 10.2 inches over downtown Denver. The
        greatest amount of snow on the ground was 6.0 inches on the
        25th due to melting. North winds were sustained to 38 mph
        with gusts to 42 mph on the 24th.
25 in 1902... northeast winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts
        to 48 mph.
      In 1908... north winds were sustained to 40 mph behind an
        apparent cold front. Snowfall was 0.5 inch.
      In 1928... rain changed to snow... which became heavy and totaled
        7.4 inches in downtown Denver. Due to melting... the maximum
        snow depth on the ground was 4.0 inches at 6:00 PM. This
        was the last snow of the season. Southeast winds were
        sustained to 19 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
      In 1976... a south wind gust to 54 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport. The high winds toppled a
        70-foot high Cottonwood tree onto the rear of house and a
        neighboring residence in central Denver.
      In 1989... lightning caused heavy damage to a radio transmitter
        in Parker... knocking a Denver area radio station off the air
        for 3 hours.
      In 1994... weather spotters reported dime-size hail at the
        intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and c470 in Jefferson
        County. Marble-size hail covered the ground near Golden
        to a depth of 1 inch. Pea-size hail was reported covering
        the ground to a depth of 3 inches in Arvada.
25-26 in 1985... a Spring storm brought much rain and snow to Metro
        Denver. The foothills were buried with 15 inches of snow
        at Conifer and 12 inches at Evergreen. At lower elevations...
        an inch or more of rain fell in Denver and Boulder. The
        heavy precipitation caused brief power outages in the
        Denver area. Precipitation totaled 1.06 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport... including only 0.7 inch of snowfall.
25-27 in 1877... snow ended around 7:00 am on the morning of the 27th...
        after falling continuously for 48 hours and totaling an
        estimated 13 inches in the city. The storm... likely
        accompanied by strong winds... caused trains to be delayed
        for 2 to 3 days. One or two roofs of small buildings were
        crushed by the weight of the snow... and many tree branches
        were broken in the city. There were a number of reports of
        livestock losses. One Stockman lost 17 horses and several
        cattle from the snow and cold. Precipitation totaled
        1.30 inches from the storm.


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