Area Weather History for October 22-28

Oct 22:  On this day in 2003 Cheyenne reached a high temperature of 81 degrees, which
             stands as the latest day in the year that Cheyenne has ever attained 80 degrees.
             A winter storm system brought 4 to 6 inches of snow to much of southeast
             Wyoming and the extreme southwestern Nebraska Panhandle on this day in 1995.
             Cheyenne recorded 6 inches of snow, while 8 inches was reported near Wheatland.
             High winds blew across southeast Wyoming on this day in 1985, with Cheyenne
             recording a peak gust of 71 mph.                
Oct 23:  Today is on average the first day of the season that measurable snow is recorded in
             On this day in 1975, a winter storm produced widespread snowfall from 5 to7
             inches across most of southeast Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle, with 8.0
             inches recorded in Alliance, Nebraska. 
Oct 24-25: A winter storm combined with a surge of cold arctic air to produce a significant
               blizzard across much of southeast Wyoming and the Nebraska panhandle on
               these days in 1997. Snowfall amounts from 5 to 10 inches were widespread with
               amounts as high as 20 inches. Many roads were closed, including all roads in and
               out of Cheyenne. 

Oct 26:  A somewhat unusual winter storm ended over parts of the area on this date last year
             in 2012.  Cheyenne recorded a three day total of 6.4 inches of snowfall while Kimball
             recorded 2 inches.  Elk Mountain was covered with 16.7 inches of snow.

             A year earlier, in 2011, another winter storm dropped significant snow across areas 
             generally above about 5200 feet.  Cheyenne measured 9.3 inches of snow while
             Kimball recorded 4 inches of snow.       

             A very long standing record was set in Cheyenne on this day way back in 1878 when
             a bitterly cold outbreak plunged the temperature to 5 degrees below zero. It still
            remains the earliest below zero temperature event in fall for Cheyenne. 

             8.0 inches of snow was recorded in Kimball, Nebraska on this day in 1897.  
Oct 27:  Unusual warmth characterized the fall of 1963 in this area with most areas, including
             Cheyenne, Scottsbluff and Kimball, recording their latest first freeze of the season on

Oct 28:  A 3-day winter storm reached its peak across parts of the area on this date in 2009,
             the second significant winter storm to affect the region in October of 2009. Cheyenne 
             received almost 7 inches of snow on this day alone, bringing a two day total to nearly
             10 inches. Scottsbluff picked up 3 inches while 3 to 6 inches was common elsewhere
             over the area.

             Another 3-day winter storm reached it’s greatest intensity over parts of Carbon county
             on this day in 1971 with Rawlins recording 16.0 inches of snow on this day alone,
             while 12.0 inches fell in Lusk, Wyoming. Total snowfall from the storm included an
             impressive 29.4 inches in Rawlins and about 20 inches at Muddy Gap.

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