See that wall of white? That’s what a serious mountain storm looks like. In the high country and on the far side of those mountains the wind is blowing 70-80 mph, with gusts to 100 mph. Heavy snow is falling and in places will drift 10-12 feet high. Travel is impossible.
Interestingly, Boulder Valley, seen in this webcam shot, will get no snow. The skies will remain sunny and blue. The temperature is expected to be in the 60s. Skiers will be gleefully waxing their skis in anticipation of a foot or more of fresh “pow” by morning. But today there’s a high wind warning across the valley and paralleling the foothills north to Wyoming and south almost to New Mexico. Those storm winds will come roaring down the slopes and blasting out of the canyons at speeds of 90-100 mph. Unwary cars and trucks will be blown off north-south highways. Windows in homes will be blown out by the pressure or shattered by flying patio paraphernalia. Trees will be damaged and power lines may be downed. In short, it gives new meaning to “Katy bar the door” and amends it to “Bar the door and tie down the kids.”
Here at home, I’ll just be an observer. Extreme mountain winds die quickly on the plains and by the time they’ve traveled some fifteen miles east to my house, they’ll be little more than annoying gusts. At least, that’s what the weatherman said.