So we (Denver metro) had this little blizzard today. I won’t bore you with a bunch of snow pictures since they all look pretty much alike. Instead, I thought this video was attention-getting. Picture this blowing through a city for the better part of a day. No ruler stuck in a pile of snow for KUSA reporter Ryan Haarer. He and photojournalist Chris Hansen inadvertently buried their truck in a big drift out near Watkins, scarcely 10 miles east of Aurora, and spent most of the afternoon observing and reporting the storm “up close and personal” before a tow truck finally reached them.
As best I can recall, this is the most snow we’ve had at one time since I moved here in 2005. The airport closed. The interstates were closed all the way to Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming. Traction laws, usually employed only in the mountains, were activated across the metro (first time CDOT has ever done that). Lots of power outages (300,000 homes without power) because of downed trees. My power blinked off for about 10 minutes this morning, just as I got out of bed, but by the time I got to the kitchen, it had come back on. Good thing, too, because my options probably would have been to stay here and freeze or try to drive someplace else, get stuck, and freeze in the car.
The wind was out of the north, but there’s a two-foot drift on my covered front porch that came in from the south side (the porch opens to the south and east). Go figure. The covered deck on the west side of my house has at least a foot of snow drifted across it. On all sides of the house, windows are obscured either by snow clumped on the screens or frozen “rain drops” on the glass.
And my golden/lab mix, a solid 70-pound dog, resorted to jumps instead of just plowing through snow that’s chest deep on her in the drift-free areas.
This was designated a blizzard because of the wind. I learned only recently that “blizzard” denotes high winds (steady or frequently gusting to 35 mph or more, and enough falling or blowing snow to reduce visibility to 1/4 miles or less. It doesn’t matter how much snow falls. Two inches could be a blizzard. Westminster, the next town west of here (2 miles, give or take), got 18 inches. Just west of there, Broomfield got 20 inches. I don’t have a precise number for Thornton, where I live, but I’m half way between two stations reporting 17 and 19 inches, respectively.
This stuff had better melt fast because there’s another storm due in Saturday.
Mind you, it was 70° here yesterday.
Found a list of snowfall totals for a number of cities. It says Thornton got 20 inches.