BIG SNOWS IN THE FRONT RANGE!

BIG SNOWS IN THE FRONT RANGE!

Luke
Luke

March 18th, 2003, 6:19 pm #1

The snow is coming down fast up here in Estes Park. We have already gotten about 16 inches or so with much more to come. The Long's Peak Trailhead has received 30+ inches as of 9 AM this morning. The snowshoeing should be fantastic later this week!
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March 19th, 2003, 3:36 pm #2

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March 19th, 2003, 3:38 pm #3

The snow is coming down fast up here in Estes Park. We have already gotten about 16 inches or so with much more to come. The Long's Peak Trailhead has received 30+ inches as of 9 AM this morning. The snowshoeing should be fantastic later this week!
Avalanche warnings were issued for Colorado mountain areas where up to 29 inches of snow fell and Loveland Pass was closed by an avalanche.
In Colorado, drifts up to 12 feet high were reported in the foothills southwest of Denver near Conifer, the weather service said.
Blowing snow and slippery pavement also closed sections of Interstate 25 in northeast Colorado and I-70 west of Denver, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Winter storm warnings were posted for much of Wyoming as the storm was expected to drop a foot or more of additional snow in the Cheyenne area and several feet in mountain areas of southeast, central and northern Wyoming.

Despite the problems, the snow was welcomed in the drought-parched region. Last year was Colorado's driest on record, and the mountain snowpack -- which accounts for four-fifths of the water in that state's lakes and rivers -- stood at about 85 percent of average last week.
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0 ... 46,00.html



DENVER -- The more than 4,000 passengers who were stranded at Denver International Airport after the severe storm forced airlines to cancel all of its flights are now facing another crisis -- a possible roof collapse, 7NEWS reported. The airport's signature white tent -- which covers the fountain, the screening areas and numerous restaurants -- is made of Teflon covered fiberglass which, once stretched, tends to break under stress, DIA airport officials said.
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/travelg ... etail.html



Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Winter Storm Closure
A major snowstorm that hit Colorado yesterday led to closure of all visitor services in the park. Many roads were reportedly impassible due to heavy snow. As of 9 a.m., 17 inches had accumulated at the Beaver Meadows VC; by 9:30 a.m., almost four feet of snow had fallen in the Sprague Lake parking lot (elevation 8,710 feet). Travel is not recommended within the park. The forecast yesterday morning for the east side of the park called for 8 to 15 inches of snow during the day, 10 to 20 inches of snow during the night, and another 4 to 8 inches today.
[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, PIO]
http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/ ... F19%2F2003
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Ken Akerman
Ken Akerman

March 19th, 2003, 3:41 pm #4

The snow is coming down fast up here in Estes Park. We have already gotten about 16 inches or so with much more to come. The Long's Peak Trailhead has received 30+ inches as of 9 AM this morning. The snowshoeing should be fantastic later this week!
Read about in the <a href=http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/w ... l>[i]Rocky Mountain News[/i]</a> and <a href=http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,141 ... >[i]Denver Post[/i]</a>. <a href=http://www.flydenver.com/home/index.asp>Denver International Airport</a> is closed.
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March 19th, 2003, 4:02 pm #5

Here's an Elbert webcam from Leadville's Airport billed at 9,927 feet as the highest in the U.S.
http://www.leadvilleairport.com/
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John M.
John M.

March 19th, 2003, 5:14 pm #6

Read about in the <a href=http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/w ... l>[i]Rocky Mountain News[/i]</a> and <a href=http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,141 ... >[i]Denver Post[/i]</a>. <a href=http://www.flydenver.com/home/index.asp>Denver International Airport</a> is closed.
My yard is buried; lots of tree damage; all of Jack's momentos are safe though. My driveway is now a tunnel.

Covill has 44" on his deck in Evergreen.

Nearly everything is shut down for the day, although the main roads are well-plowed. Interstates are closed though. I made it in to the office but nobody is here - except clients' phone calls

Those coming next month to the Colorado Highpointers Gathering will see the tree damage.
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Ken Akerman
Ken Akerman

March 20th, 2003, 5:22 pm #7

John D. Mitchler wrote:

My yard is buried; lots of tree damage; all of Jack's momentos are safe though. My driveway is now a tunnel.

Heavy snows that fell on metro Denver this week damaged thousands of trees, but the harm was worth it because of the moisture the storm delivered, according to the <a href=http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/l ... html>Rocky Mountain News</a>.

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Sean Cunniff
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March 20th, 2003, 10:56 pm #8

My yard is buried; lots of tree damage; all of Jack's momentos are safe though. My driveway is now a tunnel.

Covill has 44" on his deck in Evergreen.

Nearly everything is shut down for the day, although the main roads are well-plowed. Interstates are closed though. I made it in to the office but nobody is here - except clients' phone calls

Those coming next month to the Colorado Highpointers Gathering will see the tree damage.
What's the highpointers event in Colorado? Some of us New Mexicans are wondering.
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March 21st, 2003, 3:45 pm #9

The snow is coming down fast up here in Estes Park. We have already gotten about 16 inches or so with much more to come. The Long's Peak Trailhead has received 30+ inches as of 9 AM this morning. The snowshoeing should be fantastic later this week!
Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Park Buried Under Many Feet of Snow


The Beaver Meadows VC reopened on Thursday, but all roads within the park were still closed due to the extraordinary amounts of snow that fell on the park this week. Additional time was needed to plow roads and clean shoulders. Wildlife, stressed by the heavy snowfall, were reportedly also using the roads for travel. At least four feet of snow fell at the visitor center, elevation 7,840 feet, but the really breathtaking snowfall occurred a bit higher up – eight feet of snow at the Bear Lake trailhead, elevation 9,475 feet. Extreme avalanche conditions are reported in the backcountry.
[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, PIO]
http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/ ... F21%2F2003
CODY (AP) -- An apparent flash flood triggered by recent warm weather submerged 45 vehicles, three trailer homes and other equipment under up to 8 feet of water in Grand Teton National Park.

"We've been storing various things there for the last 30 years and never so much as a deep puddle of water was a problem during the spring run-off," park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said. "We've never had anything remotely like this happen before."

The flooded area, known as the Blacktail storage site, is an old pit created in 1963 during construction of Highway 89/191. It is about 8 miles north of Jackson near the airport.

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The Colorado Avalanche Information Center warned that avalanche danger along the Front Range was extreme, including in Rocky Mountain National Park where 8.5 feet of snow fell.

About 300 skiers stranded since Tuesday at a ski area outside Boulder after an avalanche blocked the road began to leave Thursday afternoon after state and county crews cleared the road that was shut by an avalanche.

Helicopters earlier dropped food and medical supplies to the skiers, stayed at a lodge, and highway crews used charges to set off slides to decrease the avalanche danger that prevented rescuers from skiing in.

The massive snowfall brought much-needed moisture to a state entering its fourth year of drought. The snowpack in the Colorado Rockies, which provides the bulk of the water supply to the state's population center along the Front Range, went from inadequate to near or above 100 percent of average.



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Eight students and their leader from Iowa State University, who had started on a winter camping sojourn Sunday, were finally rescued safely from Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday afternoon. The group was trapped by about six feet of snow at their campsite.
"It was a close call," park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said.
Also freed were 250 skiers trapped for two days in the Eldora ski resort after an avalanche closed the road there.

The snowpack in the South Platte basin, for example, is now at 104 percent of normal, officials said, and some in Aurora think this snow may be enough to allow residents to water their lawns this summer.
The storm dropped more snow in Denver than had been seen in any single snowstorm since 1913. Sections of Boulder and Jefferson counties were walloped with 60 to 70 inches of snow.
The National Weather Service said every 10 inches of snow from the storm was delivering about an inch of water, making it unusually wet. That melting trickle will turn into veritable rivers in some roadways as weekend temperatures rise into the 50s.

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,141 ... 7E,00.html
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John M.
John M.

March 21st, 2003, 8:00 pm #10

What's the highpointers event in Colorado? Some of us New Mexicans are wondering.
April 26 at my house - - 4pm - - bring a dessert or salad to share. I have a .pdf invitation if you'd like to come (has directions).
- John M.
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