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Statement as of 2:59 am MDT on October 23, 2014

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

18-23 in extended warm spell resulted in 5 new temperature records. The high temperature of 84 degrees on the 18th equaled the record high for the date. High temperatures of 86 degrees on the 19th...83 degrees on the 21st...and 84 degrees on the 22nd were record highs for the dates. Low temperature of 49 degrees on the 23rd was a record high minimum for the date. Low temperatures during the period were in the 40's and lower 50's. 19-23 in 1906...heavy snowfall totaled 22.7 inches in the city over the 5 days. Rain changed to snow on the evening of the 19th...and snow continued through the late afternoon of the 23rd. The heaviest amount of snowfall...16.0 inches...fell from 8:00 PM on the 20th to 8:00 PM on the 22nd. The most snow on the ground was 13.3 inches on the evening of the 23rd. This was the first snow of the season and the only snow of the month. Winds during the storm were from the north at sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph each day. Temperatures during the storm were generally in the 20's. 22-23 in 1914...Post-frontal rain changed to snow. Precipitation totaled 2.72 inches...most of which was in the form of moist snow which melted as it fell in the business section of the city. About 3 inches of snow was measured on lawns in the residential areas on the morning of the 24th. Official snowfall totaled only 0.4 inch downtown... but an estimated 8.0 inches of snow melted as it fell. North to northeast winds were sustained to 29 mph with gusts to 30 mph on both days. In 1975...a vigorous cold front moving across Metro Denver followed by strong northeast winds gusting to 52 mph produced billows of blowing dust and plunged the temperature 21 degrees in an hour. The surface visibility was reduced to 1/4 mile in blowing dust at Stapleton International Airport. The temperature cooled from a daily record high of 81 degrees to a low of 38 degrees by day's end. The first snowfall of the season totaled 2.7 inches on the 23rd. This was the only measurable snow of the month at Stapleton International Airport. In 1995...heavy snow fell on the Palmer Ridge south of Denver and in the foothills west of Denver where snow amounts ranged from 4 to 8 inches. Sedalia...south of Denver... received 8 inches of snow. Winds strengthened on the plains and produced blizzard conditions...reducing surface visibilities to less than 1/4 mile. I-70 was closed from just east of Denver at gun club Road to the Kansas border. Ten inches of snow fell at Strasburg east of Denver where north winds at sustained speeds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph produced 2 to 4 foot drifts. Snowfall totaled only 2.2 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted to 51 mph at Denver International Airport. 23 in 1876...skies were fair...but winds were sustained to 48 mph. In 1942...a major storm dumped 10.2 inches of snow over downtown Denver. Post-frontal northeast winds were sustained to only 13 mph. In 1955...the first snowfall of the season and the only measurable snow of the month dumped 4.1 inches of snow on Stapleton Airport. This was the single heaviest October snowfall in 13 years since 1942. The storm also brought the first sub-freezing temperatures of the season when the temperature dipped to a low of 25 degrees. In 1956...southwest winds gusted to 53 mph and produced some blowing dust at Stapleton Airport. In 1967...a northwest wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at Stapleton International Airport. In downtown Boulder... winds were sustained at 20 mph with gusts in excess of 40 mph. In 1981...strong winds occurred in the foothills. Wind gusts to 70 mph were reported at Wondervu. 23-24 in 1887...the first measurable snowfall of the season totaled 3.1 inches. North winds to 20 mph were recorded on the 23rd. This was the only measurable snow of the month. In 1932...Post-frontal snowfall from the late evening of the 23rd continued through the late afternoon of the 24th and totaled 6.2 inches. Southeast winds were sustained to 25 mph with gusts to 26 mph on the 23rd. Temperatures cooled from a high of 68 degrees on the 23rd to a low of 25 degrees on the 24th...the coldest reading of the month that year. Many trees that had not shed their leaves became heavily laden by the wet snow. Many branches were broken... and a few trees toppled under the weight of the snow. The landscape became one of rare beauty.