It's Really a Blizzard

The winds have kicked in something fierce. I can barely make out the houses across the street. All I see is white blowing snow.

So far 200 flights have been canceled and most highways have shut down. The local news is telling people to stay off the roads and asking employers to send people home.

The snow and gusty winds will create whiteout conditions that will make driving anywhere extremely treacherous or even impossible. Travel on the roads are HIGHLY DISCOURAGED between noon and 9 p.m. today. Expect hazardous driving conditions all over the state but particularly on the Eastern Plains and along Interstate 25.

The Denver Post is now predicting 19 inches of snow for Denver. It won't be over until tomorrow. I hope the heat, cable and internet hold out.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Sorry to see it (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by Cream City on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:30:18 PM EST
    as by this point in the season, "snow days" no longer are as much fun . . . as well we know here, where we just marked the anniversary of that much snow and more a year ago.

    By late March, we want to put away the sleds and boots and shovels and get out the gardening tools and bikes.  And we sure tire of power (and thus often water) outages.  Hope that doesn't happen.

    I gave up shoveling for Lent (none / 0) (#30)
    by DFLer on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 04:28:33 PM EST
    snow predicted here for Sunday. It will just have to melt.

    Somebody send a search party.... (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by kdog on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:50:35 PM EST
    for Mile-Hi Hawkeye...he's trying to get home in that mess!

    Not to worry, my friend. (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:09:12 PM EST
    I was well prepared and hale and hearty enough to make it home safe and sound.  I am a bit out of shape for thrugging through snow, up-hill and into the wind, though.  It's hard work!  

    Time for a nap...


    Home safe and sound.... (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by kdog on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:14:20 PM EST
    that's a relief:)

    Glad You Made It Home Safe And Sound (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by MO Blue on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:14:23 PM EST
    Hope everyone else out there does the same.

    Enjoy your nap.


    Sounds like traffic will be moving too slow (none / 0) (#14)
    by Inspector Gadget on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:06:35 PM EST
    to get hurt.

    Had to do a quick "huh" at the contradictory, "Stay off the roads, and Employers send your people home."


    Warm and dry @ Met. (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by oculus on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:51:20 PM EST
    Museum. A family from Helsinki saw "Hair" last night--half price preview.  

    Wish It Were Here (NYC) (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:06:05 PM EST
    Maybe next year.

    Crazy (none / 0) (#2)
    by NJDem on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:25:03 PM EST
    I remember being jealous when you said it was 75 this past weekend...

    Hope you and the TL kid are set with food, movies, etc. :)

    He just called and is about (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:58:06 PM EST
    to leave work, he went to court this morning. I offered him homemade chicken soup if he wanted to come over for dinner, but he's staying home and cooking chicken cacciatore (he called for the recipe.)

    No fun (none / 0) (#3)
    by cal1942 on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:25:53 PM EST
    after early spring mild weather and can really dampen your spirits.  One consolation:  It'll be gone soon.  It's not the same as heading into or in the midst of winter.  That stuff could be with you for weeks or months.

    But the early spring snow will soon be gone.


    Of course, I don't live in the mountains so what do I know.

    I'm kind of envious... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Anne on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:27:57 PM EST
    you are getting the big snow that we here in MD haven't had for a couple years - the kind where there is no question that the office will be closed and no one can go to work: a guilt-free day off!

    Hope your power holds up - we are all electric, including well, so no power means no nothing.  But you know, there is something relaxing about no TV and no computer - snuggling in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace and making hot chocolate on a camp stove...and red wine tastes best at room temperature anyway!


    19 inches? Is that all? (none / 0) (#6)
    by santarita on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:37:55 PM EST
    I was in Littleton for a Christmas Eve blizzard in the '80's (I think) - 26 inches.  I spent Christmas morning shoveling snow from the driveway in the hope that I'd be able to get to the airport to return to sunny California. To no avail, or course.  Flights were cancelled.

    Then there was the unexpected 16 inches of snow in September one year... but that's another one of those Rocky Mtn. surprises.

    Blizzards are ok as long as you don't have to go anywhere and you have power.  My advice: stay put, put another log on the fire and get some hot chocolate going.

    good idea, I just (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:44:03 PM EST
    turned on the fireplace (gas, not wood) and I'm drinking my favorite tea, Two Leaves and a Bud (from Aspen, available at Whole Foods)

    I'm sure you remember the Mar '03 (none / 0) (#10)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:53:48 PM EST
    (or was it '04?) blizzard - 36 inches in 2 days in Castle Rock!!  I couldn't get out of my driveway for 3 days. I shoveled it, then the snowplows plowed the road and made a 4 foot drift at the base of the driveway. Had to shovel another half day.

    Got great pictures though. I'll post a link later - can't get to it from the work machine.


    Yikes! (none / 0) (#31)
    by sj on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 04:58:48 PM EST
    I remember that one.  I was stuck at the bus station trying to get to Fort Collins for Christmas.  Got in a big fight with my brother after about 4 hours and he hoofed it home while I stayed for another 8 hours or so until they finally admitted that no busses were going to hit the road today.

    The weird thing was, downtown hotels were offering a discount to stranded travelers and my poor, younger self could actually afford it.  So I (along with some fellow stranded travelers) walked in thigh deep snow, leaving hard plastic chairs in a noisy, cold bus terminal to... soft lights, soft music, soft chairs and lovely glass of wine.  

    Bro walked back downtown in the AM and we went home for Christmas.  Where the roads were completely clear.


    I think I remember it too (none / 0) (#32)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 05:16:11 PM EST
    Around Dec. 22, I think 1982? Worst one ever. I flew in from New York that night and someone stole my luggage at baggage claim -- I spent months filing claims with my homeowners insurance fighting over "replacement value" of my clothes...a nightmare.

    Just checked (none / 0) (#33)
    by sj on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 05:54:58 PM EST
    It was indeed 1982.

    great article (none / 0) (#34)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 07:09:59 PM EST
    what flashbacks! I must have come in the night of the 23rd, since they closed the airport the 24th.

    Stay in and enjoy (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:42:39 PM EST
    A sunny weekend to come, and it will be gone by Monday - leaving that green grass and flowers underneath.

    For the 500th time, I miss Colorado!!!

    Well, you definitely (none / 0) (#11)
    by mcjoan on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:54:41 PM EST
    need all the moisture you can get. Just a little crazy to get so much in one swell foop, and at the end of March. Stay warm and dry, J.

    Spring = Snow in Colorado (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 02:55:52 PM EST
    March and April are the snowiest months!

    In the mountains in central Idaho (none / 0) (#15)
    by mcjoan on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:07:52 PM EST
    we always got the bulk of it in January and February. I guess you must have some great spring skiing.

    I used to love spring skiing (none / 0) (#22)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:21:00 PM EST
    when I lived out there. Gets a little mushy sometimes near the base, but I love the warm sun and the snow and not freezing my face off.

    Hey mcjoan! (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by andgarden on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:05:46 PM EST
    Hey you! (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by mcjoan on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:08:09 PM EST
    The Gray Lady.... (none / 0) (#18)
    by desertswine on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:12:09 PM EST
    goin' down.

    New York Times starting to lay off.

    Do we get to nominate the (none / 0) (#21)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:19:42 PM EST
    first victims?

    You wish. (none / 0) (#23)
    by scribe on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:25:13 PM EST
    I like the article about the end at the Seattle P-I:  the last winner of "Employee of the Month" was a dog.

    And, while you're enjoying the snow, read this article.


    71 and Sunny in SoCal (none / 0) (#24)
    by mudlark on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:28:54 PM EST
    Just came in from edging, mowing, cleaning the pool, raking and weeding. Good weather = work. :(

    Guess you won't (none / 0) (#25)
    by The Addams Family on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:35:34 PM EST
    be out on that new Electra Townie 21D today!

    True enough, (none / 0) (#28)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:54:53 PM EST
    I'm hoping by the weekend....

    Stay warm and safe!! (none / 0) (#26)
    by fly on Thu Mar 26, 2009 at 03:37:09 PM EST
    Just camne back up from the beach here in Fla where we had a 80+ degree day..wish we could share the warmth!!..and the lovely day..

    Thinking warm thoughts for all those in cold areas!!