Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Blizzard Blog 2006 pt 1

So, apparently it's supposed to snow like a mother today.

On Monday I was hearing 4-8" accumulation along the Front Range. Tuesday it was 8-12". Now there's a Winter Storm Warning in place until noon Thursday for accumulations of 24-36" in Northern Colorado, 14-24" in the Denver Metro, and 10-18" for a huge swath of Southern Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska as the predicted storm lumbers its way to the northeast.
(Below is a cool 9News graphic to illustrate this.)

If it does snow as much and as hard as they are currently predicting, this will be the worst winter storm since the March 2003 storm that dumped over three feet of snow on Northern Colorado. That storm closed the public schools, and the university [yay for an extra week of "spring" break!], and many buildings and trees were heavily damaged by the heavy spring snow. This time around it's a lot colder and a lot earlier in the season, so the snow shouldn't be nearly as wet.

As of 8:30 a.m., all of the Denver area schools are close, as are most schools on the eastern plains. The list of school and business closures fills up ten (!) printed pages. Of course, right now, there is only about an inch of snow in most places and the roads area really not that bad. I think that most of the districts are just taking this opportunity to kick off Christmas break one day early, and I definitely don't blame them.

Stay tuned for a few more posts as the storm builds and the snow falls. And I sit in my windowless office. :-|

And from the National Weather Service, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas in Denver!" Click to see a recap of the last several years Christmas weather.

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