Skip to comments.Blizzard warning in Colo., N.M. digs out ( Global Warming ? )
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
This definitely looks like it is bigger than a few hours ago:
Must you talk about me that way? "Old" "hwy" *grin*
I am stranded in Phoenix...can't get home to Colorado Springs until midnight Christmas eve!
Strangely it has been a cooler summer and winter so far in Texas! Thanks for the ping
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)
Did Al Gore make a Global Warming speech today in Denver? /s
Looks like 25" total for snowfall as of 3 hours ago.
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.
Glad to hear he made it.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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.
DIA now closed until noon Friday.
Or, major headline in the AP: "2006 the 10th warmest year in the last decade!"
As of 10:00am my son has 32" on his deck in Castle Rock.
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.
Didn't hear from them today. They're in Breckenridge.
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.
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.
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.
ooo, sorry to hear that you got stuck at DIA.
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.
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.
Sorry to hit your thread so late. I was out shopping yesterday and didn't see your ping until today.
Sorry to hit your thread so late
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.
As one who grew up in the nation's icebox, the Alamosa area, I heartily agree.
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. :-)
If we're lucky, you may get to see the space shuttle overhead if they land it at White Sands!
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.
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.
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!
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.