Thursday, October 29, 2009
Front Range Winter Storm / Eastern Plains Blizzard of October 2009
How about an update? Well, I'll settle officially with 14" of snow at Greenwood Park (a neighborhood here in Centennial). Not exactly the 40"+ seen in the mountains or the 24" in other parts of the metro area, but still a decent total.
Living close to work (I feel like a genius for choosing an apartment as such), I have been able to make it into work the past two days. In fact, I never even put Der Schploder into four wheel drive. My winter driving skills are legitimately that good. Seriously, though, the roads haven't been that bad. I think they still may hold some of the summer heat... or maybe it's just the magnesium chloride.
While I did see some wind at my location, apparently it did not compare to that of the nearby plains. I would hardly say that blizzard conditions were met anywhere in the metro, but on the plains it is a certainty. I'm glad I'm not traveling (or heading back from a chase!).
This was an interesting storm. The trough dug in deeply and then stalled, leaving the upper level low over the Four Corners for two days. While the low level upslope component only briefly materialized at the beginning following frontal passage, the mid level flow continued to act conducively for heavy snowfall. It's not often that the winds will be northwesterly at the surface and the Denver-metro will see significant snow. It's also interesting to see the separation between the upper level low and the surface cyclone. They'll finally be close sometime tomorrow as the surface system is having a hard time doing anything to the ridge out east. The low will slide north and eventually meet up with the upper level low which is finally ejecting out of Colorado as I type. (thus the end to the snow here)
I'm not going to lie, I do enjoy a good snow storm.