Denver braces for Xylia
For 10 days or so, the biggest story in Denver has been the incoming winter storm, now named Xylia. It’s been pretty crazy. I’ve been up to the pharmacy twice this week and the parking lot in front of the supermarket has been absolutely jammed. It looked like the run on toilet paper last spring.
The first I heard about all this was late last week: a forecast of up to 5 feet of snow! That turned out to be for the high county only, and was quickly modified to 4 feet. Still, that would be great for the ski resorts and ultimately would mean more water for the plains. Denver, it seems, may get “only” 2 feet of white stuff.
Meanwhile the media are full of photos from previous heavy storms. Record storms. That we might surpass this time. Or at least make it into the top ten. The biggest one was 45.7 inches in 1913.
Jim Cantore, from the Weather Channel, is in town. Probably only because there’s a possibility of thundersnow. He turns into an excited kid when there’s thundersnow.
The weather people are going bonkers. The general populace is stripping the grocery stores. The snowplows are gassed up and ready to go. The rescue vehicles are standing by. And me? I’ve got plenty of groceries and don’t plan to go out again. I’ll just sit here and watch the show. With considerable bemusement.
First the storm was supposed to arrive tonight, with 3 feet possible. But it slowed down. Now the worst of it isn’t expected until tomorrow night, with maybe 2 feet. The latest maps from the various models seem to think maybe 20 inches in greater Denver and along the foothills. That tapers off as you move northeast from Denver, where I am. It’s quite common for us in Thornton to get 2 inches while the south side of Denver gets 2 feet. In the map below, I’m in the 15″-18″ band. But that’s been changing every day.
Skies today are sullen and there’s no wind. Something is coming. Maybe.
I think it would be more than amusing if, after all this, we only get a few — or no — inches of white stuff.
We shall see. What will be will be.
(If you’re just dying to know what it’s doing here in the next few days, check thorntonweather.com. It’s a privately operated but very professional weather station about half a mile south of me, and it has live weather cams showing the neighborhood. I’m in that triangle immediately NNE of Denver, inside the perimeter highway.)