Monday, October 10, 2005

It’s Snowing!

Denver is getting socked by a major snowstorm today.

A slow-moving winter storm is expected to dump up to 18 inches of snow on the metro area today, after knocking out power in mountain communities Sunday and closing Interstate 70.

The National Weather Service predicted up to 12 inches of snow in the city of Denver and up to 18 inches in the foothills before the clouds move out Tuesday.


The recent warm temperatures should keep most roads from icing over today, but Colorado Department of Transportation officials warned motorists to use caution on bridges and overpasses this morning.

“If there’s a drastic drop in temperature, things can always change,” CDOT spokeswoman Mindy Crane said.

In the metro area, 60 to 75 snowplows were scheduled to hit the roads about midnight, Crane said. Those plows include two of Denver’s new “winged” trucks, which are equipped with an extra blade to clear 1 1/2 times the snow of a normal truck.

Thirty more trucks were working the I-70 corridor, between the foothills and Vail Pass.

The storm dropped 14 inches at Silverton Mountain before sundown Sunday – enough to open ski runs for the day.

The area plans to open for the season Dec. 15. Arapahoe Basin plans to open Oct. 21.

I lived in the Denver area for eight years, and this is about the normal time for the first snowfall, although I remember getting slammed by about five inches of wet and heavy snow in late September 1985; it took me over an hour to get the ten miles from my condo in Gunbarrel to a rehearsal at CU.

As a point of comparison, the high predicted for Miami today is 92. And no, in spite of the hurricanes, the humidity, and the exploding wildlife, I like living here just fine.