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Statement as of 2:59 am MST on November 27, 2014

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

25-27 in 1978...heavy snowfall of 6.0 inches was measured at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 20 mph. Most of the snow...4.8 inches...fell on the 25th. The greatest amount of snow measured on the ground was 5 inches due to settling and melting. 25-28 in 1952...the average coldest 4-day period in November in the previous 81 years of record occurred. Maximum temperatures of 19...15...21...and 25 degrees were recorded. Minimum temperatures were below zero each day with readings of 7 below...6 below...5 below...and 6 below. 25-29 in 1985...dense fog with visibilities as low as 1/8 mile occurred on five consecutive days at Stapleton International Airport. The fog was at times accompanied by light snow... light freezing drizzle...or ice crystals. Fog occurred all day on both the 26th and 29th. 26-27 in 1876...heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches over the city from 5:00 PM on the 26th through 5:00 p.M. On the 27th. Precipitation was 0.30 inch on the 25th and 0.60 inch on the 27th. In 1919...an incursion of cold Arctic air produced snowfall of 4.6 inches over downtown Denver. Temperatures dipped to 5 degrees below zero on the evening of the 26th and recovered to a high of only 1 degree below zero on the 27th...the all-time record low maximum for the month of November and the record for the date. Northwest winds were sustained to 25 mph with gusts to 26 mph on the 26th. In 1923...snowfall of 2.0 inches was the only snow of the month. North winds were sustained to 22 mph on the 26th. In 1972...heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to only 18 mph on the 27th. In 1983...a Thanksgiving blizzard dumped 21.5 inches of snowfall in 37 hours with a maximum of 18 inches on the ground at Stapleton International Airport. The storm produced howling winds...which paralyzed Thanksgiving weekend transportation across all of eastern Colorado. On the 27th...Stapleton International Airport closed... opening 24 hours later. Interstate highways were closed in all directions...but west...from Denver. At Stapleton International Airport...north winds gusted to 36 mph on the 26th and to 29 mph on the 27th. However...most wind speeds across Metro Denver were 15 to 30 mph. Temperatures hovered in the teens and lower 20's. Many stores and businesses closed. Several High School football games were postponed. Across Metro Denver...snow depth varied from 15 inches in Commerce City to 28 inches near Chatfield Reservoir. Snow removal in Denver was estimated at 1.5 million dollars. Following the storm... an inch or more of snow remained on the ground for 63 consecutive days through January 27...1984. This is the longest period of continuous snow cover ever recorded in Denver. In 1990...an early winter storm deposited 2 to 8 inches of wet snow across Metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 3.4 inches at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds gusted to 30 mph on the 26th. In 1993...strong winds swept off the foothills across Metro Denver. Sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph were common across the area. Wind gusts to 67 mph were recorded atop Squaw Mountain near Idaho Springs. West winds gusted to 36 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 26th. The strong winds produced some blowing snow...reducing the visibility to less than one mile at times. In 1995...snowfall totaled 3.7 inches at the former Stapleton International Airport site. The foothills west of Denver received 4 to 7 inches of snow. North-northeast winds gusted to 34 mph at Denver International Airport on the 26th. 27 in 1965...strong winds buffeted Boulder...causing 11 thousand dollars in damage. Wind gusts to 75 mph were recorded downtown. West winds gusted to 38 mph at Stapleton International Airport. In 1994...winds gusted to 87 mph atop Squaw Mountain...5 miles south of Idaho Springs...and to 84 mph on Fritz Peak near Rollinsville in the foothills southwest of Boulder. Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

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