I can call it glorious because I don’t have to go to work in it, or drive home in it. I don’t have to get kids to school in it. And with a little luck, some helpful neighbors, and a lot of sunshine, I may not even have to shovel it.
This week’s snowstorm was unusual, however. Normally the mountains get the heaviest snowfall. But for reasons I won’t try to explain, this storm locked in over Denver and dumped the bulk of its white stuff all over the metro. Notice the confident optimism in the caption above: “2-4 inches are expected.”
It hit the metro just before rush hour and created chaos for those trying to get home. My only awareness was compliments of my dog Annie. I let her out periodically during the evening and each time she came in with a solid blanket of snow. Not just some fluffy random flakes. A veritable blanket.
Meanwhile, my concern was whether I’d be able to get to my doctor’s appointment the next day. Would I even want to try?
I woke up to clear skies and what I estimated was 8-10 inches of white stuff. Later in the day our total was said to be 13+ inches. Boulder only got 7.5 inches. Estes Park got a mere 4 inches. Those are among the many-more-than-usual totals published by the Denver Post.
But then our Colorado magic kicked in. Bright sun, rush hour traffic, and a snowplow on my street (fortuitously, a designated snow route) resulted in clear, dry roads all the way to my doctor’s office in Lafayette (15 miles away) at 2 pm. The Google maps were right. Their roads went from red, orange, and yellow when I first looked to solid green by lunchtime.
I had no problem getting out of or back into my sloping unshoveled driveway (love my Subaru), or through the big ridge left by the plow. I’ve not yet checked today, but I may still have to get out and clear my front walk. A local ordinance says it must be cleared within 24 hours of the end of a storm. It usually melts off by then, but maybe not this time.
(I just peeked out the front window, and the driveway and walk, while wet, appear free of snow. Gotta love it!)
Best of all, no matter where it fell, this snow helps a lot with our ongoing drought.
Have I mentioned how much I love being retired in Colorado?