Cyclonic Blizzard of Historic Proportions HFS!!!

If the snow hadn’t been falling so fast and relentlessly, it would have thawed the moment it hit the ground. But it fell fast and we ended up with nearly a foot (20 cm) of heavy, wet snow. Farmers in the San Luis Valley will not have go look outside for hay and pay exorbitant prices, that’s one of the good things about this. The dogs and I took a walk that afternoon, 3/12 with the sky all silver and trying to be blue, Sandhill cranes calling above the fast-moving fog, emerging, stopping me in my tracks to watch them.

The snow was still several inches deep and wet yesterday as Bear and I headed out in shimmering, blinding bright cloud reflected light across the golf course to the big empty. The tracks of a young fox — a kit — enchanted my dog and nothing enchanted me. Even the silvery light hurt my eyes. I’d been fighting a migraine for two days. I think it might have gone its own way over night, but it’s too soon to tell

Meanwhile, up north, the storm — of which our heavy, wet rapid dump was the initiating tail — is winding up what might have been the biggest blizzard in history. More than 1000 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport. Hundreds of cars (and the people in them) were stuck on the Interstate highway between Denver and Colorado Springs. (Didn’t they believe the weather forecast AT ALL??? Maybe they didn’t know what the word “blizzard” means?) and were rescued through the concerted efforts of school bus drivers, high way patrol, local cops and a snowplow.

The party isn’t over. Here’s the highway conditions map for this morning.

Red lines are closed highways and roads. Various shades of blue represent various shades of snow. Purple is high wind. The little red bubbles with the dash are warnings.

It’s been a snowy, snowy winter here in the Great American West, though a sunny, quiet morning here in the domain of Martha, Dusty and Bear. More melt, more thaw, more mud.

18 thoughts on “Cyclonic Blizzard of Historic Proportions HFS!!!

  1. But you can blog on and tell us all about it. which is great. I noticed that we seem to write our daily pieces at the same time, although probably about 7 hours time difference.

  2. I first heard about this as I fell asleep last night — wondered if it had hit your area. I’m glad to see that you weren’t in the worst of it, but also that you and the dogs had some snow to walk in. I hope the headache disappeared with the storm (perhaps caused by the low barometric pressure?). Our weather has turned today, probably for the season — it’s chilly, but blue skies and no wind. Happy Pi Day!

    • Happy Pi Day to you! Maybe it was the barometric pressure. Whatever it was, it was an uncomfortable couple of days. Going to the eye doc Tuesday and see if cataracts are starting… I’ve never been sensitive to light before. :O

      • It the eye doc says cataracts, don’t be afraid. The surgery is quick and painless and successful! But that was pretty bright light — hopefully just environmental!

        • Thanks for the encouragement! Whatever it is, I will have to deal with it. I got sunglasses to wear over my glasses and they have red frames so I might not lose them. 😀

  3. Glad its ended up here, too. Just the digging out. As another reader noted, the rapid drop in pressure can trigger migraines. I had read that, and then forgot about it when I got a headache yesterday. Its considerably better today, but not resolved. Hope you feel better. I’m going out for a walk myself, with sunglasses. I’ve been light sensitive since my lifeguarding days and my concussion a few years back exacerbated things. I’m good at hats and sunglasses, even as I don’t much like wearing a hat.

    • I’ll be wearing a hat, too and not walking across snowy fields, but sticking to streets. The glare off the snow… I had to order sunglasses 😦

  4. We are trying to figure out if it will hit us or pass below or alongside us to the west and north. It will probably just shave along our area and wallop New Hampshire and points north. March is a big month for snow around here.

    We’ve had some whopper-doodle blizzards, so we get it. Then there are people who don’t watch the news AT ALL and don’t even catch the information online, so they are permanently surprised. Or they own a 4X4 and think they are exempt. Heavy wet snow is the worst. And messiest. But at least spring snow tends to melt fast. Or so I’d like to believe.

    • The winds were 100 mph in some places. Semis were literally tossed over. There wasn’t a ton of snow, but the visibility was terrible. And, so many people have moved out here from CA and Texas that have no clue what things mean, even IF they knew the blizzard was coming, they haven’t had the early childhood education most of us have had which relates the tales of people getting lost on the way to their barn and freezing to death 5 feet from their back door, those happy stories we read in our 3rd grade history books. 😀

  5. In this day and age, these things can’t happen. We are all guaranteed security and safety from cradle to grave. Nothing can go wrong. Weather reports about snowstorms are just a plot to get you to buy snow tires.

  6. WOW! You finally got the snow. At least Denver did! It is surprising how it was so calm for most of winter and then POW it all happened in February and March. I have not been in an actual blizzard but I know enough not to go out in one. I hope your migraine has passed and you are out enjoying what is left of the snow!

    • Down where I live, we got snow in January and it was awesome because it never melted and was occasionally added to, so I had good cross country skiing without having to drive — amazing. Where I live was on the southern tail of that cyclone so we got about a foot of wet snow, no terrible wind, just fast, steady snowfall. I am sure now the migraine was caused by the dramatic low pressure; even the dogs weren’t “right.” But we’re good now and have enjoyed our snow very much.

      Yes, up in Denver and northern Colorado Springs it was insane, an absolutely crazy blizzard and they’re still finding people. Some streets are still lined with abandoned cars. 😦

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