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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Winter Storm Warning Today into Tomorrow

Our area is under a Winter Storm Warning from 10 AM this morning until Noon tomorrow (Friday). We can expect from 1 to 2 feet of snow! Last night Jim brought in lots of firewood (we heat the house exclusively with a wood stove). Today I fed extra to the weanling llamas and the horses and raked up all the loose hay under the trees and into feeding boxes to reduce the amount of hay that gets covered with snow and gets wet (cuz then, eeewwww, its gross and the llamas don't wanna eat it!) This is what Springtime in the Rockies of Colorado can be like. We can set record breaking high temps one day, followed by record setting blizzard conditions and snowfall the next. Don't like the weather? Wait five'll change. That's a frequent saying around here. We need the moisture though, so we won't complain (much - we were really enjoying those record high temps!) Several years ago we were snowed in for four days because there was so much snow the plows didn't get out to us for that length of time. There were four to six foot drifts in the road in front of the house. At the time, we didn't have a tractor so we just hunkered down and waited for help to arrive. Now we have a big tractor so Jim is all excited about being able to get the tractor out and do some snow plowing this weekend. Boys and their toys!

Hopefully we'll still have power and internet service throughout this storm - or we'll be playing poker and backgammon by firelight. So, til next time, stay warm and dry, wherever you are!


The snow has started and is coming down horizontally. We could have up to 50 mph winds this afternoon and 16 below zero wind chills tonight and tomorrow morning. I dread the thought of going out to feed the horses this afternoon! I put the blanket on Puff, our 29 year old mare, and hope she rides this storm out okay.

Here's a link to the cams in Woodland Park (the closest major town to us - 25 miles away): On one of them you can't even see anything right now because it is snowing so hard.


tstreasures said...

I guess you won't want to hear me complain about how it's 67 with 24mph winds here in Keep warm :)

Pricilla said...

*sigh* we have snow coming too. Not quite as much as you. I am tired of snow and my kids are due any day. I expect the low pressure system will help bring them along. I am glad I have my warm barn.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Um, yeah, don't wanna hear it!

Here's what the forecast is for us for the next 24 hours:
Southeast winds around 10 mph increasing to northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow early in the morning...then periods of snow in the late morning and afternoon. Areas of blowing snow in the late morning and afternoon. Snow may be heavy at times in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 4 to 10 inches. Highs 23 to 33. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
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North winds 25 to 35 mph decreasing to 15 to 30 mph after midnight. Periods of snow. Areas of blowing snow. Snow may be heavy at times. Snow accumulation of 6 to 13 inches. Lows 4 to 13. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent. Wind chill readings 6 below to 16 below zero.

So, if you want to trade, I'd be glad to! Enjoy your warm weather, although the wind is always a bummer. The snow is coming down horizontal right now and it is whiteout conditions.

Shinade said...

I saw where you guys are getting hit super hard by a terrible storm.

All it's brought us is much cooler temperatures and some rain.

It's always weird here in Oklahoma this time of the year.

You might have the heat on in the morning and the AC in the afternoon.

Take care and hopefully this will be the last for you guys!!:-)

Marie said...

It sounds thrilling and scary at the same time!

It is raining here at the beach. :(

Stay safe!

Split Rock Ranch said...

Our daughter says it is 80 degrees and sunny in Florida where she is! OMG we went out to feed the horses and the weanling llamas a little while ago and it was soooo bitter cold - the wind took our breath away! I was in tears before we were through because my cheeks, my legs, my ears and my hands hurt sooo bad from being sooo cold! The Governor has declared a state of emergency in Colorado so The National Guard can now help rescue people stranded in the blizzard.

Inspiration By Karen said...

OMG Brenda, please stay safe

BeadedTail said...

I telecommute to the Front Range of Colorado and they were hit hard by the blizzard today too. My boss said the winds are horrible and causing all the problems but that the snow is supposed to end by morning. Hopefully the sun comes out and melts it all away soon! I also hope Puff is okay.

Fisher said...

Oh, it sounds so terrible! We moved from the "Springs" to Florida. All we have are hurricanes once in awhile. But, it was in Colorado that we saw the beautiful llamas. Once in Cripple Creek, we saw one just walking down the sidewalk with his human. LOL Colorado is quite a place, but the snow can be really bad, so stay safe everyone!

Melissa said...

Be safe, and hopefully it will end fast. Here in N Florida, we are in for a bit of the nasties too.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Thank you everyone for all your comments, prayers and concern. We made it through the storm just fine here. Not nearly the snowfall they predicted but the wind was horrific! I spent quite awhile this morning scouting out and bringing back buckets, bins, containers, etc.

storybeader said...

WOW - 29 year old mare! Hope you all make it through the storm ok. It was 70 degrees two days ago in OKla., now it 36 and raining. I hear we're getting your storm in the next day.... Batten down the hatches!

Shinade said...

yes I am way down only 27 miles in fro the Texas border in Oklahoma and they say we are getting snow this weekend too.

Tornadoes last were close by, I had the AC on yesterday.

Today it's drizzling a cold rain and the heater is going, and, I am waiting for snow.

I am glad to hear you all made it through okay.