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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:33 PM
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Colorado buried in snow.
Gov. Bill Owens on Sunday surveyed by air blizzard-stricken southeastern Colorado as the National Guard rescued stranded motorists and provided supplies to hundreds hunkered down in shelters.

In an interview, the governor described an eerie blanket of white that covered areas from Las Animas to the Kansas border. He said whole highways weren't visible from the State Patrol aircraft in which he flew. Snowdrifts as high as 15 feet made even airports hard to detect, he said.

"It was like a totally different state, a totally different storm," Owens said after his flight.

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_4930748

We're finally venturing out today for groceries. We may even see a movie just because we're sick of being inside.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:35 PM
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1. Are you out on the southeastern plains?
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:40 PM
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5. No, just in North Denver.
I had a 6 ft drift in front of the garage that we tackled in stages. It was so big the neighbor kids were sledding on it. They got through the alley with a little Bobcat yesterday, so now we can actually try backing the car out.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:07 PM
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11. Lordy... I'd be nuts by now....
OUr street in Denver never was plowed, and some cars never have even attempted to be moved... Fortunately my AWD Subie (once I spent the time to dig it out) floated over the big stuff and has done pretty well.
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:09 PM
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12. Those little Outbacks are the best.
Our street here wasn't plowed either, but we had enough traffic that it's been beat down. Still really rutty and icy tho. If I can get out of the alley, I can make it to work tomorrow.
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kstewart33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:36 PM
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2. Here in Denver, I finally got out and about yesterday.
The city finally plowed our street. It made a huge difference. But still, driving is iffy in many spots.

Cabin fever in our household was indeed intense, alleviated somewhat by sledding at the park down the street.

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earlybelle Donating Member (99 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:36 PM
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3. The last line is the real story to me. Most Americans can't stand to be at home with their families
We can't even stand ourselves.
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King Coal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:36 PM
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4. So is parts of Kansas.
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:49 PM
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6. Denver missed this last one
for which I am pleased. I heard about what happened east, and hope everyone is found safe.

DH and I have been snug in our apartment since Thursday. Tried to get groceries before the storm. The shelves were bare, not one loaf of bread to be found! I haven't seen it like that, since the Cuban Missile Crisis! (I was 8)

Makes you think, if anything should happen, how quickly supplies would dwindle. I guess the mormon's have a good idea. Stock up on canned goods and powered milk. Be prepared, anything could happen.

We made it safe to welcome in the New Year, we quietly kissed each other and hugged. I have to say, it was the best New Year we ever had together. :)

Happy New Year DU!

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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:52 PM
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7. I talked with my friend who was able to get out . . .
he said the stores were pretty stocked up now, but last week they were bare. I wonder about Western KS, as I-70 has been closed for days. They surely can't get supplies out there.
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:05 PM
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10. These series of storms will
not be soon forgotten, I hope everyone makes it out safely.

Here is the scene outside our apartment.

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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:36 PM
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18. I have friends out there.
Most everybody knows to stock up before blizzard season . . . but yeah, I'll bet those little grocery stores are picked clean.

I drove 50 hiway back to KC once in a middlin' blizzard. It was incredibly beautiful--but scary as hell out around Garden City.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 12:57 PM
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8. I'm paying $40 to have my car dug out
Us apartment dwellers don't own shovels.
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:00 PM
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9. I certainly don't blame you.
If someone had been around, I'd have gladly paid that. The little Bobcat thing graciously got a big chunk of it, but I still had about 8 ft of driveway with a big packed drift in the middle of it. Ugh. My back still hurts today.
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DearAbby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:11 PM
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13. I hear you!
last week we dug our car out with a 2'x 2' piece of plywood! We had it in the trunk of the car. Then it took many tries to get the car out of the space, with neighbors helping by pushing.

People you normally see, nod too, and pass by. Were out helping others get out of their parking spaces. These situations brings out the good in people.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:32 PM
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16. You couldn't find a shovel to buy in Denver, either after storm #1
I know because I broke the handle on mine and looked in at least 10 likely hardware, Home Depots, Targets and similar stores.... Finally bought the last mini shovel (designed to be a kid's toy, but amazingly sturdy) at Bed Bath and Beyond, figuring it would be handy to stick in the car at least...
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:14 PM
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14. Oh, the BEST of luck to you today.
Hope you can buy some good groceries and have a lucky New Year's supper. :)
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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:39 PM
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20. Happy New Years, Lady!
:bounce:

--Cat

(Really need a kitty smiley.)
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Sugar Smack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:18 PM
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22. CrazyOrangeCat!! How the hell are ya?
Happy New Year's! Sophie says "hello". Are you having a good one?

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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:33 PM
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23. Sophie is a very pretty calico gal!
Me an' Autumn (the Goddess of Orangeness) are just fine today, thank you!
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:22 PM
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15. Meanwhile, NM has been declared a disaster area
but so few people realize we're a state and not part of Mexico that we've gone largely unnoticed.

To understand what that storm is doing here, think about having a 16-36 inch snowfall in Miami.

That's how prepared we are for this stuff.

Oh, and more snow is predicted through Thursday.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:35 PM
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17. Hang in there Warpy....
But, yes, it is true. I remember the story during the Atlanta Olympics of the ticket call centers sending all calls from New Mexico to the International line! Geez we have an ignorant populace...
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:37 PM
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19. Here in the western suburbs, we got a total of about four feet
from the two storms

we had a couple of good days of melting and plowing in between though

I was really only "snowed in" for a couple of days though. The main roads have been really good all things considered, but most side streets are a real mess and some of the ruts are quite extreme.
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Bobbieo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 02:45 PM
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21. Did the Western slopes get the same amount of snow?
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 04:34 PM
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24. I don't know
I should call my friends in Durango and Grand Junction and make sure they're okay.

I think the worst of it was on the eastern plains.
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