Snowmageddon 2021 – the big March blizzard in Colorado

I’ve lived in Colorado for 14 years and heavy March snowstorms are nothing new. We started seeing the forecast about a week ago for snow on the weekend. By midweek we knew this was going to be a big one. I think because of the experiences of the Pandemic and the recent Texas snowstorm, people went a little crazy here. Bananas started selling out around Thursday. Yeah, bananas! Anyhow, I didn’t go too crazy. I had done a Costco run early in the week and had plenty of food on hand.

However, Friday night came and we were hardly seeing any snow. Saturday came and it was raining in the morning. It turned to snow in the afternoon and by evening it was snowing pretty heavy. We woke up Sunday to about 8 inches with blizzard conditions.

When it was all done Sunday night I estimate we had got in the neighborhood of 20 inches. Hard to do an exact measure due to drifting. Today we shoveled. My husband has never bought a snowblower despite having a bad back. I’m exhausted as we had a huge drift in our driveway. Anyhow, enjoy the pics and short video. And send some nice weather our way.

This is what a blizzard is like!

Getting back in the saddle

September has been pretty crazy for me. The temperatures were way too hot a week ago – upper 90s. And then one of our forest fires got worse and the smoke rolled in. This smoke was dropping ash, too. So it was too hot to run plus the air quality was poor. As a result, I was feeling a little lethargic and not motivated to write.

But weather is ever changing in Colorado. On Monday night the temps dropped and by Tuesday we were over 60 degrees cooler with a dusting of snow on the ground. It picked up again in the late afternoon and we probably got no more than an inch. In the mountains it was a different story. Some areas had close to 2 feet. I follow a Facebook page of people who are hiking the Colorado Trail (I didn’t but my brother did). I was very concerned about folks on the trail. It sounds like most had been tracking the storm and took a few days off in mountain towns. A couple tapped out. Clearly some were not prepared for the quick change of weather.

As for me, I went running yesterday. I enjoy running in cool weather. It was 36 degrees and I loved it. The weather is gradually warming again but hopefully no more 90 degree days.

I have found that I have been more productive, too. I got some returns taken care of at Lowes, new wiper blades for my car, and today I’m going to look into new tires. I also got my flu shot taken care of.

It’s important for me to stay busy. We had had a trip planned for Spain in late September. That’s not happening, of course, so it’s a little depressing. I also keep seeing old travel pics in my memory feed on Facebook. However, we do have a trip planned to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October. It’s not Spain, but it is a vacation, so I am looking forward to it.

I just have to keep busy! One day I look forward to going to Europe again. One day . . .