OMG! It’s an April BLIZZARD!

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The view outside our home Saturday morning…

WOW! I woke up this morning to an honest-to-goodness blizzard around our house in southern Colorado! Fog, blowing snow and very little visibility here today. So glad we were warned, because I’m not sure we could get out even if we wanted to!

It started last night with an amazing thunderstorm around 8pm. Storms are exciting up here because we are at 7,000 feet, and pretty exposed to the elements. We had torrential rains for around an hour before it switched to big clumps of snowflakes.

This morning I had 1.4 inches of precipitation in my rain gauge, and I’m afraid most of the snow blew away over the top! I don’t even know what to estimate the depth of the snow at this morning. It has blown everywhere, and it’s too damn cold to hang out outside right now to measure.

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Our view as of Monday morning…more snow on the way!!!

Whenever things like this happen I always think about the early inhabitants of this area who had no weather reports or any real warnings, no grocery stores and primitive sources of heat, transportation and communication. All they could do is hunker down and hope it passes soon.

If you have any interest, the book The Children’s Blizzard is a well-researched and written account of such a blizzard in 1888, that killed a number of immigrant children when a blizzard arrived suddenly and with no warning.

 

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13 thoughts on “OMG! It’s an April BLIZZARD!

  1. I have a friend (self-employed) in Florida who has had to fly to Denver each week since the beginning of the year. She flies to Denver on Monday and flies back home on Friday. She had a hard time getting out yesterday, but it would seem she was most fortunate. I would find it hard to deal with the extremely changeable weather you get in the Rockies but – well, those spring wildflowers should be gorgeous. I look forward to pictures.

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  2. I lived in Boulder for decades and I will never forget a May 5th snowstorm of three feet! I went skiing in the foothills. Glad you are safe and warm. 🙂

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  3. As I stand in my house – – grateful to have a home – – and look at the rain pouring down outside I think I might rather have snow? 🙂
    Grew up on the East Coast where we had school delays and cancellations from snow. Here in Austin we had a delay this morning due to rain (!)

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