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Last Crow 10-28-2009 08:01 PM

Global Warming update
 
‘Major’ winter storm hits Colo., Wyo.
Traffic accidents, flight cancellations and up to 18 inches of snow

updated 1 hour, 15 minutes ago
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A major early season snowstorm on Wednesday caused flight cancellations at Denver's airport and made for ugly commutes in Colorado and Wyoming. Blizzard conditions and up to 18 inches of snow were forecast in some areas.
The region's first heavy snow of autumn prompted officials to close schools in Wyoming and was blamed for dozens of accidents in the state and in neighboring Colorado.
Up to 18 inches of snow was forecast in Denver and along the northern Colorado Front Range. As much as 4 feet was possible in the Colorado mountains. Cheyenne was expected to get at least 14 inches before the storm moves off Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service predicted similar amounts for a wide area of the Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado plains. The storm also brought snow to northern Utah’s Wasatch Front.
Most of the roughly 70 accidents in Wyoming happened on Interstate 80 before the Wyoming Department of Transportation closed the highway between Cheyenne and Laramie early Wednesday. Nine crashes caused injuries but no one was killed.
“People are just not slowing down enough,” department spokesman Bruce Burrows said.
In Denver, slick roads caused rush-hour fender-benders Wednesday morning. Schools in Colorado and Nebraska closed pre-emptively as the forecast called for heavy precipitation Wednesday and Thursday. A Colorado Springs homeless shelter has decided to allow people who have been kicked out for breaking rules to return because of the inclement weather.
"It's a major early season storm," said Mike Weiland, National Weather Service meteorologist in Cheyenne. "The results are going to be quite a bit of snow and a fairly long duration snow event."
United Airlines and Frontier Airlines, which both have hubs in Denver, were relaxing some fees for changing travel plans in light of the storm forecast.
Cheyenne already has had a snowy October, with 14 inches so far. The average for the month is 3 inches.
Wind could close roads
Meanwhile, wind was expected to be a concern on the flatlands.
“When we start getting those wind gusts on Thursday — gusts up to 40 mph — it’s going to create some blowing and drifting snow and that’s going to cause some problems,” said Dan Deal, with the Weather Service in Cheyenne. Drifts several feet deep and wind chills as low as 10 degrees were forecast.
Whether highways remain open depends a lot on the wind. In Wyoming, large storms often kick up strong winds that cause constant drifting over roads.
"A lot of snow we can deal with pretty well. If the wind comes up, it makes it very difficult to keep up, even with our best technology and our best efforts," said Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesman Bruce Burrows.
?Major? winter storm hits Colo., Wyo. - Weather- msnbc.com

orangello 10-28-2009 08:08 PM

Awesome! My nephew (born & bred in MS) just moved to Casper, Wyoming.

OlPainless 10-28-2009 08:18 PM

Yeah, I love people's definition of "storm". I'm living through this storm as we speak. The 4 inches of snow have brought this town to its knees. Home Depot is sold out of snow shovels, the liquor stores are bare-shelved, canned foods are completely sold out... there's no telling what will happen next.

Seriously though, does it snow in Japan? We have some Japanese installers in town getting our CIGS machines up and running and they are freaking the F out. There's one in the cube next to me trying to explain to the Hertz lady (in broken English) that he needs to trade his rental corolla in for a full size SUV. Seriously? I could ride my bike in this crap. Poor guy... he better let his wife know he loved her.

skullcrusher 10-28-2009 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by OlPainless (Post 179379)
Yeah, I love people's definition of "storm". I'm living through this storm as we speak. The 4 inches of snow have brought this town to its knees. Home Depot is sold out of snow shovels, the liquor stores are bare-shelved, canned foods are completely sold out... there's no telling what will happen next.

Seriously though, does it snow in Japan? We have some Japanese installers in town getting our CIGS machines up and running and they are freaking the F out. There's one in the cube next to me trying to explain to the Hertz lady (in broken English) that he needs to trade his rental corolla in for a full size SUV. Seriously? I could ride my bike in this crap. Poor guy... he better let his wife know he loved her.

That's funny. I lived in the Denver area for my first 11 years and I remember many "storms" that dropped inches in no time. Sun comes out, and it is gone in a day. I also remember some massive amounts. I also lived in Cleveland OH for 16 years. I would take the winters in Denver any day over Cleveland.

orangello 10-28-2009 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by OlPainless (Post 179379)
Seriously though, does it snow in Japan? We have some Japanese installers in town getting our CIGS machines up and running and they are freaking the F out. There's one in the cube next to me trying to explain to the Hertz lady (in broken English) that he needs to trade his rental corolla in for a full size SUV. Seriously? I could ride my bike in this crap. Poor guy... he better let his wife know he loved her.

LOL! Actually, i have a buddy living in Akita, in northern Japan; it snows up there. He sent a great pic of him, his wife, & a bunch of Japanese peeps chilling & drinking in an outdoor hot tub surrounded by over a foot of snow. I'm not sure it snows much in the more southern areas. I know he drives much less over there, maybe that is the reason for the panic.

gorknoids 10-28-2009 09:04 PM

I'm spoiled. Shot my first Varying Hare 4 days into this one. There were deer hanging from tree limbs and fences when the thaw came.
It's long, but so was the blizzard. Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hey-you-guys 10-30-2009 08:52 PM

It's still kind of hot where I live. We've been having cold fronts in the upper 40s, but mostly just rain and 85-90 degree days. I bet those people in the snow are standing around saying "where the f-ck is global warming when you need it?!"


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