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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on April 26, 2015


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

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.
25-26 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.
26 in 1965... while only 0.40 inch of rain fell at Stapleton
        International Airport... some communities in the foothills
        west of Denver reported over 30 inches of snow from the
        storm.
      In 1972... a Spring snow storm accompanied by thunder dumped
        15.8 inches of heavy wet snow on Metro Denver. Strong
        northwest winds gusting to 35 mph produced blowing snow.
        The storm was quite intense and greatly hampered travel.
        High winds caused drifts 10 to 15 feet deep in some areas...
        blocking roads and stranding hundreds of motorists. An
        estimated 500 to 600 people were stranded in The Castle
        Rock area. Rescue service was provided by heavy Army
        equipment from Fort Carson. Power lines were downed... power
        poles were toppled... and a number of steel towers carrying
        high voltage power lines were downed. Some areas northeast
        of Denver were without power for a week. A large number of
        cattle and sheep were killed by the storm. The greatest
        snow depth on the ground at Stapleton International Airport
        was 12 inches. Warm temperatures following the storm
        quickly melted the snow.
      In 1995... the third major snow storm of the month dumped heavy
        snow in and near the Front Range foothills. Six to 12
        inches of heavy wet snow fell in the western Metro suburbs
        with the heaviest amounts above 6 thousand feet. Both
        Boulder and Golden measured 10 inches of snow. Only 2.4
        inches of snowfall were measured at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted 28 mph
        at Denver International Airport.
      In 1998... the last in a series of April storms blanketed the
        foothills with heavy snow. Snowfall amounts included: 17
        inches near Blackhawk... 15 inches at Idaho Springs... 14
        inches at Georgetown... 11 inches near Conifer and Morrison.
        Only a trace of snow fell at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted to
        28 mph at Denver International Airport.
26-27 in 1906... rain changed to heavy snow overnight and totaled
        7.0 inches over downtown Denver. North winds were
        sustained to 16 mph on both days. Precipitation totaled
        2.16 inches.
      In 1932... the temperature remained below freezing for more
        than 30 consecutive hours. For about 4 of those hours
        the temperature hovered around 24 to 25 degrees. At this
        time some early Cherry trees were in bloom and apple and
        Lilac blossoms were beginning to open. The leaves of
        many plants were partly unfurled and vegetation in general
        was correspondingly advanced due to the warm weather from
        the 11th to the 22nd. However... there was little apparent
        injury to foliage and blossoms... but some of the early
        Cherry and apple blossoms were injured. Rain changed to
        snow on the 26th and continued intermittently through the
        27th. Snowfall totaled only 2.0 inches and northeast winds
        gusted to 22 mph on the 26th.
      In 1964... strong winds caused damage to buildings... trees... and
        power lines. Sustained winds of 37 mph with gusts of 50 to
        60 mph were recorded in Metro Denver. West-northwest winds
        gusted to 44 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the
        26th.


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