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Christmas Blizzard of 2006, Fort Collins, CO

January 19, 2007

Posted January 16, 2007

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Yes, I know, this post is not like my normal hiking trip I usually document (you can find those below or listed under “pages of information” on the right), but, well, ummmm, we had this, uhhhh, little snowstorm…………………..

Before I go any further in the trip’s description, here is my standard comment. Please check my photo galleries here for all the larger and higher quality photos for this event. In addition, you can view a topo map of Fort Collins, CO here and a Google Earth map can be found here (you may need to adjust the scale bar on the left side of the Google map). All links open a new browser window.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

So, we are in a BLIZZARD : )
All the school systems were shut down.
DIA is mostly all down.
CSU was shut down (they sent us home at 10 am; actually, what they said was everyone HAD to be gone by noon).
So, I went shopping : ) Good thing I went early to Barnes and Noble, they were going to close at 3pm!!!!!!! wow
I have to call tomorrow morning to see if I go to work or not.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

The next morning, Thursday, the snow and wind had stopped, but the damage had been done.

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The national guard was out rescuing people all night and all today. 5,000 people were stranded at DIA since it was shut down for close to 2 days (flights resumed noon Friday, December 22, 2006). Schools were shut down both today and Friday (the Poudre school district manager had to publicly apologize for NOT shutting down the schools Wednesday morning). CSU sent us home Wednesday morning and remained shut down both Thursday and Friday (the CSU VTH (vet hospital) opened with volunteers on Friday). Not sure how the blizzard compared to other historical storms in Colorado, but it definitely made people sit up and notice.

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I took my first photos prior to sunrise (which is why they look a little “underexposed” : ). I had to get up early to check and see if I was going to have to get to work. Nope. No work. So, I kicked back, had a couple cups of coffee, and then went for a little cruise (on foot, of course) around the neighborhood after sunrise. Let me tell you, there was not much moving.

Drake, a major east/west road that the apartments were next to, was being actively kept plowed.

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Not that there was much traffic to use it other than the emergency crews and other pedestrians.

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Had to admit, it was going to make for a very white, and quite pretty, Christmas.

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There were a few people out, but for the most part I think everyone (based on minimal amounts of disturbed snow I saw) was happy to just stay inside.

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Of course, there were a few people that decided not to let this abundance of white stuff go to waste.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Since this was another official “work canceled” day, I decided that I’d take an extended walk to see what was going on. Now, as we all know, what is supposed to be happening at this time of year? That’s right. Christmas shopping. Well, people were already behind due to Wednesday and Thursday being “not available”, so on Friday, everyone decided to go shopping.

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The problem was, the majority of streets had not been plowed, a lot of the ones that had been plowed were only one lane, and that meant that ………………. Yes, Fort Collins was one very large slow moving traffic jam. I walked through the mall parking lot on my way to Barnes and Noble. That was approximately a 2 mile little excursion (hmmmm, where did all the sidewalks go? : ) Anyway, I’m fairly sure that if someone had left in their car (also headed to Barnes and Noble) from the apartment at the same time I started walking, I probably would have beat them to Barnes and Noble on foot. It took me well over an hour to walk there. But, everyone was fairly good tempered over the issue.

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I even found a spot where the snow had been blocked and the squirrels and birds were enjoying a sunny, if chilly, day.

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And, of course, I had to exercise my “artistic” side.

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It did take a few days, well, ok, a week or two, to get all the streets plowed out. And even then, sometimes it was just a quick swipe of one lane. But, after no lane at all, anything was welcome.

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And then, if you didn’t feel like waiting, then you can always get out the garden tools and “do it yourself” : )

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– Geoff Weatherford

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2007 11:24 pm

    WE ONLY HAD 22 Inches of snow, and maybe some over new year…BUT other than a inch or two in Jan. and then only a TRACE! in FEB. THAT WAS IT!!!!

  2. April 2, 2007 2:28 am

    It’s not how much you get. It’s how you get it : )

    The issue was the wind, mostly. Plus, even though it was not 6 feet of snow, it was more than what the cities could deal with equipment wise (for all the roads that had to be cleared off).

    Thanks,
    GeoffW

  3. April 4, 2008 12:11 am

    NOW remember only a few miles to the north of FC they only had 6 or so inches of snow at best..so for snow lovers abroad…Conside us LUCKY!!!

  4. December 2, 2008 2:13 am

    Подбор по теме хороший удачный, закину сайт в закладки.

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