The biggest October snowstorm to hit Colorado in several years dumped more than 2 feet Thursday, grounding flights, closing highways, knocking out electricity — and jump-starting the ski season.
"This is kind of wet, heavy snow that really sticks to the branches, and weighs everything down," reports Jennifer Cabala of CBS station KCNC.
The storm began late Wednesday and turned highways wet and slushy across the state. At one point, snow was falling at a rate of about 3 inches an hour in Denver. A 125-mile corridor from Colorado Springs to the New Mexico line was under a blizzard warning and poor conditions forced the state's main north-south route to close at the border.
Denver International Airport got 5 inches, and more than 110 flights were canceled. Some suburbs reported up to 10 inches of snow that fell at about 3 inches an hour before the storm moved east onto the Plains, where it caused more trouble.http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/27/national/main2130221.shtml
I call this kind of storm a "tree-breaker", because that's what it does. It's definitely been several years since we've had a tree-breaker...
I would call this snow "snowball snow", except that getting hit with a snowball made from this this stuff would hurt! It's about 75% snow, 25% slush/ice. It's dense, wet, very heavy, and sticks to itself like concrete. I went to sweep the 14" of snow off the top of my car this morning, and the brush went RIGHT UNDER the snow! I got the bottom 2" of snow, and the rest of it just stayed right where it was!
I'm the only tech guy in the office today. The smartest people didn't come in at all. The smart people came in but then fled home before noon. But I'm still here - which I reckon makes me the dumbest guy in the office. :P