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Statement as of 2:59 AM MST on February 12, 2016


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

10-12 in 1958... heavy snow fell across Metro Denver. At Stapleton
         Airport... where northeast winds gusted to 22 mph... 6.7 inches
         of snowfall were measured.
      In 1995... cold Arctic air brought heavy snow to the foothills
        and western Denver suburbs. Golden measured 15 inches of
        snow with 14 inches in south Boulder. Locations in the
        foothills recorded between 10 and 15 inches of snow. Only
        6.1 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International Airport
        where north winds gusted to 30 mph on the 10th.
10-13 in 1905... an extremely cold Arctic air mass moved over the city
        behind a cold front on the 10th and persisted through the
        morning of the 13th. North winds were sustained to 25 mph
        behind the front on the 10th dropping the temperature to a
        low of 2 degrees below zero... which was also the high reading
        on the 11th. Light snowfall totaled 3.0 inches overnight
        of the 10th into the 11th. The low temperature plunged to
        19 degrees below zero on the 11th. Records were set on the
        12th and 13th. The high temperature of only zero degrees on
        the 12th was a record low maximum for the date. The low
        readings of 21 degrees below zero on the 12th and 14 degrees
        below zero on the 13th were record minimum temperatures for
        those dates.
11-12 in 1899... the temperature plunged to lows of 20 degrees below
        zero on both days.
      In 1900... northwest winds sustained to 52 mph with gusts to
        60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 58 degrees on
        the 11th. An apparent cold front overnight produced 3.7
        inches of snow and northeast winds gusting to 30 mph.
        The high temperature on the 12th was only 26 degrees.
      In 1994... moist upslope winds and an upper level storm system
        produced heavy snow over western portions of Metro Denver.
        Snowfall amounts totaled 10 inches in Golden and 8 inches
        at strontia Springs Reservoir 15 miles southwest of Denver
        in the South Platte canyon. Snowfall at Stapleton
        International Airport totaled only 3.6 inches... but north
        winds gusting to 35 mph on the 11th produced occasional
        visibilities as low as 1/4 mile in heavy snowfall and
        blowing snow.
11-13 in 1903... west to northwest Chinook winds gusting to 34 mph
        warmed the temperature to a high of 50 degrees on the 11th...
        before temperatures rapidly plunged to a low of 14 degrees
        behind a cold front. Light snow fell through the 13th and
        totaled 4.2 inches in the city... while temperatures ranged
        from a high of 14 degrees on the 12th to a low of 5 degrees
        below zero on the 13th.
12 in 1874... 5 inches of snow fell in downtown Denver. Melted
        snow resulted in 0.31 inch of precipitation.
      In 1875... Forest fires burned very brightly in the foothills
        to the west of Denver.
12-13 in 1915... heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches over downtown
        Denver. Northwest winds were sustained to 24 mph on the
        13th.
      In 1951... heavy snowfall totaled 8.1 inches at Stapleton
        Airport where northeast winds gusted to 28 mph on the 12th.
      In 1968... snowfall totaled 5.6 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where northeast winds gusted to
        26 mph. Snow fell all day on the 12th and into the morning
        hours of the 13th.
      In 1997... heavy snow fell in the foothills southwest of
        Denver. Conifer... Evergreen... Morrison... and north Turkey
        Creek received 6 to 8 inches of new snow overnight.
        Only 0.2 inch of snow fell at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport. North-northeast winds
        gusted to 23 mph at Denver International Airport on the
        13th.


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