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Blizzard warning in Colo., N.M. digs out ( Global Warming ? )
, Associated Press ^ | 12-20-06 | JON SARCHE

Posted on 12/20/2006 12:59:25 PM PST by george76

A major snowstorm blew across Colorado toward the Plains on Wednesday, canceling hundreds of airline flights for holiday travelers and shutting down major highways in parts of four states.

The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings for most of eastern Colorado and adjoining sections of Nebraska and Kansas.

A day earlier, the storm had pummeled New Mexico with up to a foot of snow.

Two feet of snow was possible in the foothills just west of Denver, with 2 to 3 feet a possibility farther north.

Up to 20 inches could accumulate on the Plains of eastern Colorado and wind up to 30 mph could pile the snow into high drifts...

"I'm going to grab my computer, talk to my boss and go back home,"... "I'm not going to take a risk and get stuck in Denver."

United Airlines, the busiest carrier at Denver International Airport, canceled more than 630 flights ...

Police closed Interstate 70 for more than 250 miles from just east of Denver to Colby, Kan., and sections of I-80 along a 140-mile stretch from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Big Springs, Neb...

"Crashes are beginning to occur," said Mary Jo Hall of the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Travelers stalled by the closures had already started filling Kansas motels during the morning, said Stan Whitley, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

Truckers were pulling off I-80 at Ogallala, Neb. "Our parking lot is pretty small, but they're just kind of parked off on the streets," said cashier Michelle Krauter at the Sapp Brothers truck stop.

Scores of schools were closed, along with many courthouses in eastern Colorado.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Kansas; US: Nebraska; US: New Mexico; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: climate; climatechange; colorado; global; globalwarming; major; majorsnowstorm; skiing; snow; snowstorm; theskyisfalling; warming; weather
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To: Swanks

My son's daughter, my granddaughter, was supposed to fly back to DIA from Fresno today.

Of course that didn't happen. Likely won't tomorrow either.


201 posted on 12/20/2006 6:55:01 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: CedarDave

I've been watching this storm on my 'Weatherbug' and the darn thing hasn't moved much since this morning.

Wind here in Ne. panhandle has finally gone down to 15-20 mph but still snowing.

Just a FWIW.


202 posted on 12/20/2006 7:05:09 PM PST by Current Occupant (DBM, Libs, 5th column,PC will destroy this country. Preach it TALKIES while you still can!!!!!!)
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To: Catholic Iowan

If you are leaving early tomorrow, you will probably have rain to south of KC, after that clear except maybe local fog at night. It's going to be a nice day tomorrow in south and SE NM.


203 posted on 12/20/2006 7:09:12 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: goldstategop

The flight was cancelled. Gonna be fun tomorrow trying to find seats --as you said --- within $$$$$ reason. At least we are stuck at home, not on the floor of an airport somewhere!


204 posted on 12/20/2006 7:35:56 PM PST by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

This definitely looks like it is bigger than a few hours ago:

http://www.intellicast.com/IcastPage/LoadPage.aspx?loc=uscoct14946&seg=LocalWeather&prodgrp=RadarImagery&product=RegionalRadarLoop&prodnav=none


205 posted on 12/20/2006 7:39:18 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: CedarDave

Must you talk about me that way? "Old" "hwy" *grin*


206 posted on 12/20/2006 9:26:24 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Exit148

I am stranded in Phoenix...can't get home to Colorado Springs until midnight Christmas eve!


207 posted on 12/20/2006 9:33:53 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: george76
Traffic Cams in Colorado Springs
208 posted on 12/20/2006 9:41:21 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: george76; devolve

Strangely it has been a cooler summer and winter so far in Texas! Thanks for the ping


209 posted on 12/20/2006 10:18:21 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


bump


210 posted on 12/20/2006 10:26:58 PM PST by devolve ( ....shop_invest_and_hire_wisely)
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To: george76
Apparently there are hundreds of thousands of families in Oregon and Washington who still do not have power from the storm from last week.

Yup - my mom up north of Seattle just called tonight saying they still didn't have power and are leaving this time to stay with in-laws before another storm hits there tonight.

Interstingly, I grew up in Colorado Springs before we moved to the Northwest- doesn't matter where ya go, there's some sort of stormy weather. Sure do miss the Colorado snow, though. Freezing rain I can do without.

Best wishes to those in Colorado. Stay safe and warm! :o)

211 posted on 12/20/2006 10:56:31 PM PST by momfirst
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To: fatnotlazy

Did Al Gore make a Global Warming speech today in Denver? /s


212 posted on 12/20/2006 10:58:52 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Whew, home from work. In the six hours there, everything that had been plowed and shoveled filled back in. my yard is easily under 4 feet of snow (we haven't received 4 feet, I think close to 2 feet, but it has blown into the yard). Can't even seen the fence anymore. The roads are treacherous. Cars were completely under snow in the work parking lot. And the snow is still coming down.
213 posted on 12/20/2006 11:40:56 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Looks like 25" total for snowfall as of 3 hours ago.


214 posted on 12/20/2006 11:44:22 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
He (Gore) could give a speech here in Des Moines, IA, and people would believe it. This is the 3rd winter in a row with hardly any snow, and 40's and 50's for highs. I always remember as a kid once every decade we would have a mild winter, but not 3 winters in a row. It is really weird. Usually by now we are around 10 degrees, and a couple of feet of snow on the ground. Today it was 48, and it rained all day. It was always said you could count on 2 things in Iowa: cheapskate farmers and harsh winters. The latter may not be true anymore.
215 posted on 12/20/2006 11:49:55 PM PST by hawkeye101 (Liberalism IS a mental disorder. It can only be cured by large doses of common sense and the truth.)
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To: george76
I was home all day in Arvada. Not much trouble, only had to shovel the drive twice to make sure my dad could pull in his car when he got home.

He was working in Golden, a twenty minute drive took him... only forty minutes. He has an SUV with four-wheel drive.

I am glad that my three-year-old ailment finally cleared up on Sunday, otherwise that driveway wouldn't have gotten shoveled.

216 posted on 12/21/2006 1:32:45 AM PST by Dumb_Ox (http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com)
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To: unkus

Glad to hear he made it.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


217 posted on 12/21/2006 4:14:39 AM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: sanchmo
My son has 3 feet in his backyard; but the car is packed and they are heading to Grand Lake as soon as passable to snowmobile.......
218 posted on 12/21/2006 5:52:05 AM PST by united1000 ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last " Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: goldstategop
Sorry it took so long to respond--I have been doing a lot of snow clearing duties. The dogs need a way out. *smile*

A move from Southern California to a local with real winters will be quite a change! I moved from the foothills near Sacramento where snow stayed on the ground only a few hours. It looks like Fort Collins, with 23" of new snow, will be covered for quite a while.

Good luck on your move, Colorado needs more conservatives, just look at the results of the last election.

219 posted on 12/21/2006 6:58:04 AM PST by suzyjaruki (Beautiful and Calvinist!)
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To: suzyjaruki

DIA now closed until noon Friday.


220 posted on 12/21/2006 7:39:20 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: fireforeffect

Or, major headline in the AP: "2006 the 10th warmest year in the last decade!"


221 posted on 12/21/2006 7:41:08 AM PST by Newtoidaho (The Democratic Party has adopted open treason as their primary party platform.)
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To: Dumb_Ox

As of 10:00am my son has 32" on his deck in Castle Rock.


222 posted on 12/21/2006 12:12:13 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: george76

Too many Californians here these days. This was not a blizzard. We got what? 8 inches of snow? I used to walk to school (uphill both ways) ;-) in worse and had fun doing it. I think that maybe it snowed more back in those days.


223 posted on 12/21/2006 5:36:51 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: george76
Okay, maybe I'm a little too hardened. Let them have their little "blizzards." I had a cookout during the blizzard of '97. I will admit that one might have been a real blizzard, the darn smores would freeze before you could eat them and the fire was getting too deep in the snow to reach with the hotdog cooking sticks. I think I might have even chained up my truck for that one. (just in case the snow got bad later)
224 posted on 12/21/2006 5:46:47 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: george76

Didn't hear from them today. They're in Breckenridge.


225 posted on 12/21/2006 6:00:05 PM PST by lonestar (Me, too--Weinie)
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To: Colorado Doug

Colorado only just started using mag chloride.

We use to depend on good tires and driving skills on top of packed snow roads.

The roads did not need to be clear to the pavement.


226 posted on 12/21/2006 6:14:19 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: sanchmo; greyfoxx39
Let's compare weather again in July. Maybe after I've spent a day off Trail Ridge Road.

In July? Oh my goodness! If you are not careful, you might have to blot your brow lest a beat of sweat form. I hear that it can get into the seventies up there that time of year.

227 posted on 12/21/2006 7:10:44 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: Colorado Doug

oops. Beat=bead


228 posted on 12/21/2006 7:11:31 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: goldstategop
I'm looking to settle in a mountain town. I've always wanted to live in one. The ski resort towns are out of my reach but Woodland Park in Teller County looks good as the do the Fourteener towns in Chaffee County.

Just a word of warning from one who has been there, done that for 15 years or so in Summit and Teller Counties. Mountain living is great but check out the spring and summer temperatures first. Some mountain towns don't have Spring (just Mud Season) and only a couple of weeks of summer. I'm almost not kidding here. If you do find yourself in a mountain setting, and write this down, be sure that you have Southern exposure! You will thank me for that advice.

229 posted on 12/21/2006 7:25:00 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: george76

ooo, sorry to hear that you got stuck at DIA.


230 posted on 12/21/2006 7:39:13 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: george76
Oh! just the reporter was getting stuck. That's okay, I thought it was you. That's just nuts they can't keep the road open. They should have put up some snow fence. One might expect the wind to blow a bit out there on the lone prairie.
231 posted on 12/21/2006 7:45:29 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: unkus
Shelf Road is tough anytime. Wish I was on it right now-NOT

The first time I drove Phantom Canyon Road was because I was in a hurry and it looked like the shortest route between Cripple Creek and Pueblo on a map. There was snow on the ground and ho-boy did I wish I was not on that road that day! Shelf Road ain't much better.

232 posted on 12/21/2006 7:55:04 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: unkus
the tree-huggers tried to get them prosecuted for entering a wilderness area.

I had better luck than your brother. When I was 19 or so, I went snow camping for a few days in some pretty bad weather, probably someplace where I wasn't supposed to be camping. When I was walking back along the highway, some people stopped and tried to give me money. Those surplus, down filled pants and coat may have looked ratty but they sure were toasty warm and I was pretty proud of my North Face backpack. I finally took the twenty bucks because they just wouldn't take no for an answer.

233 posted on 12/21/2006 8:11:45 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: george76

Sorry to hit your thread so late. I was out shopping yesterday and didn't see your ping until today.


234 posted on 12/21/2006 8:13:30 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: familyop
I rode a motorcycle up to the summit of Mosquito Pass once. Boy was it huffing and puffing by then. I also bladed most of the Park Service roads over the Continental Divide in that area with my trusty old road grader. I cleared the rockslides from that old railroad grade that they restored up on Boreas Pass too.
235 posted on 12/21/2006 8:25:00 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: Colorado Doug
No worries; glad to hear from you.

Sorry to hit your thread so late

236 posted on 12/21/2006 9:00:39 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Colorado Doug

The airport and Pena Blvd need more equipment.

Whatever they have...it is not enough.

I am sure that their limited staff is extended. There should be some management where staff are cross trained somehow.


237 posted on 12/21/2006 9:03:15 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Colorado Doug
"I rode a motorcycle up to the summit of Mosquito Pass once. Boy was it huffing and puffing by then. I also bladed most of the Park Service roads over the Continental Divide in that area with my trusty old road grader. I cleared the rockslides from that old railroad grade that they restored up on Boreas Pass too."

You've really been around, then! It's beautiful on those trails. There's some great history regarding Boreas Pass.

Colorado Doug, I'm going to Freepmail you with a question (something you told me before, if I remember correctly).

BTW, for anyone else who reads this and is interested, even Weston Pass is most likely a no-go during most winters (low shelf road there, and the deep snow gets a crusty sheet on top of it--easy in summer with more than car clearance, though). And avoid Mosquito Gulch after dark during the summer. One can hear many bear woofing (one of the several sounds they make for various purposes) from the sides of the Gulch at sundown. ...too many. Mosquito Pass is a great ride from near Alma to Leadville during the day in August for vehicles with more than car clearance and very good brakes. ...four-wheel-drive with 4-low recommended (for control and avoiding overheating brakes when going down). It's not for anyone with an extreme fear of heights, though (high, narrow shelf road toward the Leadville side). And backing-up for a long distance on the shelf road, should someone come from the other direction, would require extreme patience and good health. Drivers going uphill have the right-of-way.
238 posted on 12/22/2006 1:37:31 AM PST by familyop ("G-d is on our side because he hates the Yanks." --St. Tuco, in the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly")
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To: Colorado Doug

As one who grew up in the nation's icebox, the Alamosa area, I heartily agree.


239 posted on 12/22/2006 5:55:47 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Re:Terrorists: Realize that it has nothing to do with what we have done but with what they want.)
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To: CedarDave

Thanks for the advice. We drove straight through yesterday, about 21-22 hours total. We didn't get to enjoy the scenic drive, as it was around 10pm by the time we reached Clovis, and around 3:30am by the time we arrived in Las Cruces, but the roads were clear, dry, and mostly 4 lane. As long as there are no weather issues, we will head back home the same way after New Year's Day, so should be able to enjoy the view a bit better. ;-) Anyway, thanks again. Probably saved us time and a big headache. :-)


240 posted on 12/22/2006 7:21:04 AM PST by Catholic Iowan
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To: Catholic Iowan

If we're lucky, you may get to see the space shuttle overhead if they land it at White Sands!


241 posted on 12/22/2006 7:35:34 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

I read about that in the Las Cruces paper this morning. We had thought about going out to White Sands to watch it come in, if that is where they land. However, it sounds like from where public parking is allowed, you wouldn't even be able to see it land, and that while you could see the approach, it would only appear as a "streak" as the paper put it. Plus, after I left my earlier comment, I got a call from my mother-in-law that she had been broadsided in an accident while out running errands. Hopefully there is nothing seriously wrong, but she has pain in her hip and down her leg, and they put a neckbrace on her. We were told they were going to do x-rays. So, we're just hanging out and waiting for word from her husband. We have young children, otherwise we'd go to the hospital. For now, we'll just wait and see.


242 posted on 12/22/2006 10:41:42 AM PST by Catholic Iowan
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To: Catholic Iowan

No decision yet on the shuttle landing, but White Sands is nice to visit especially in the winter. Sorry about your MIL; hope she is o.k.


243 posted on 12/22/2006 11:12:07 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Thanks for your reply. My MIL does seem to be more or less, ok. She has some pain, but will be able to celebrate Christmas as planned. We will continue our travels tomorrow, as all of us head over to the Phoenix area to meet up with the rest of the in-laws for Christmas. Hope you and yours have a very blessed Christmas!


244 posted on 12/22/2006 4:03:01 PM PST by Catholic Iowan
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To: Catholic Iowan

Gosh, that's a long way to drive. Next time you should think about flying. You might be able to get some good connections if you fly through Denver.
(/sar)

Merry Christmas!!


245 posted on 12/22/2006 4:48:40 PM PST by CedarDave
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