Elbert/Central and East Douglas Counties Above 6000 Feet Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

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Statement as of 2:59 am MDT on October 20, 2014

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

18-23 in 2003...an 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. 19-20 in 1990...an early winter storm dumped heavy snow across Metro Denver. Snowfall amounts ranged from 4 to 8 inches in the foothills above 6500 feet elevation...4 to 7 inches in The Castle Rock area...and 2 to 5 inches across most of Metro Denver and Boulder. Snowfall totaled 3.6 inches at Stapleton International Airport where northwest winds gusting to 48 mph kicked up some blowing dust shortly after a cold frontal passage on the 19th. However... temperatures were warm enough to keep most roadways wet and slushy at lower elevations. 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. 20 in 1878...between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM wind speeds averaged 48 mph with a maximum 1 minute sustained velocity to 96 mph at both 3:27 PM and 3:48 PM in downtown Denver. This is the highest sustained wind speed ever recorded in the city. In 1986...a rare late October thunderstorm produced 3/4 inch diameter hail at Centennial Airport. Hail piled up 2 1/2 inches deep...causing some street flooding in south Metro Denver. 20-21 in 2007...a storm system brought heavy snow to the southern Denver suburbs as well as the Palmer Divide south of Denver. Storm totals included: 7.5 inches near Castle Rock...Lone Tree and Greenwood Village...with 6.5 inches at Elizabeth. Snow drifts up to 2 feet deep were observed 6 miles south-southwest of Elizabeth. In the Denver Stapleton area...2.0 inches of snow was observed. In 2009...heavy snow developed along the Palmer Divide south and southeast of Denver as a storm system tracked across southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Storm totals included: 15 inches...15 miles north of Elizabeth...9 inches...5 miles south-southwest of Arapahoe park; 8 inches in Highlands Ranch...5 miles south- southeast of sedalia; 6.5 inches...8 miles southwest of Bennett and 6 inches in Parker. At Denver international... only 1.5 inches of snowfall was observed. 20-22 in 1936...5.5 inches of snow fell over downtown Denver. Most of the snow...4.5 inches...fell on the 20th.

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