Snow and wind started while it was still dark. When we woke up we could not see out our north windows. The wet snow was plastered on the glass, on fences, on walls, and on trees. This was Denver, Wednesday morning. What happened? Monday and Tuesday it was 70 degrees here and sunny. Snow and wind dominated Denver until about 5:00 p.m. During the day we stayed inside. The snow flakes drifted in the air, then swirled in the wind, twisted in all directions and then floated to the ground. The visibility was very limited. But looking through the patio windows was beautiful. The world seemed so fresh, silent and clean. Like we were isolated from the world. And we were. We could not leave Denver. All our interstate highways were closed. All our roads through the canyons were closed. Many major city roads were closed. Our city and county government offices were closed. Our Denver International Airport was closed. Yes, it really was quiet. We stayed inside; baked chocolate chip cookies. Then, we ate cookies and drank lots of herbal tea. We like snow days, but this was a lot of snow. When the snow stopped, we had two feet of beautiful heavy wet snow on our backyard table. We did not go outside until Thursday morning. The wet snow had been compressing since it stopped falling. I, Zeb the Duck, am surrounded by so much snow here.
Even the hot tub, which is against the house, has a lot of snow.
The wet snow clung to the trees. Our neighbor’s tree if fine, but many trees broke.
Many of them fell on power lines. About 200,000 people were without power. Many schools were still closed Thursday. The roads were a mess. Early melting and then freezing resulted in so many accidents. Thousands of people were stranded in their vehicles. Police and National Guard were trying to help them get home. As our intense Colorado sun came out Thursday morning, the snow covered trees glistened.
Then the snow began falling from the trees. Our spring snow was fast, fierce, and of short duration. Snow is so pretty and so quickly melted. We hope everybody loves where they live. We do. Our intense sun is one of the reasons. Remember, when we went to bed Wednesday night, there was 24 inches of new snow in our backyard. These photos were taken last evening, Friday, less than 48 hours after the snow storm.
You can see patches of green grass on this golf course near our house. This sports field also has patches of green grass.
Of course we have lot of snow still on the ground, but a lot of melting occurred in less than 48 hours. The sky is dark and we are expecting a couple more inches of snow Friday night and Saturday morning. But, we do love our Colorado.