Not the latest offering on The Discovery Channel. Nor, The Weather Channel. But, from the Arctic North.
Beginning in the pre-dawn hours on Monday, a new deposit of snow and freezing fog, accompanied by bitter cold temperatures, it came.
hoar frost with a covering of snow (North Ranch, Feb 18 2019)
Daytime temperatures did not venture much above 20° F/-7° C, overnights hovering around 0° F/-18° C. The snow part was repeated again on Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
snow on the tall cottonwoods (North Ranch, Feb 20 2019)
On Thursday, the bitter cold relented, edging temperatures upward into the 30s during the day, mid-teens during the overnight. Friday was nice enough, though a major winter storm was bringing heavy snow across the Four Corners. Flagstaff set a new snowfall record on Thursday. In Southwest Colorado, nearly 30 inches fell from Wolf Creek Pass to areas surrounding Durango. With additional snow continuing into Friday night, authorities in Durango urged residents to rake the moisture-laden snow from their roofs.
In the late afternoon, on Friday, the storm front could be seen coming from the southwest. The snow did not begin to fall in earnest until shortly after 8:30 pm last night. The winter conditions quickly deteriorated with the wind driving the snow. Fortunately, Laurie and Andrea got home minutes before the weather worsened.
white-out conditions (North Ranch, Feb 22 2019)
The early morning revealed a new layer of snow, approximately 2-3 inches deep. Not a whole lot. And, the cold, very tolerable at 26° F/-3° C.
dried wildflowers and foxtail poking through the fresh snow (North Ranch, Feb 23 2019)
Arctic Week is now headed to the Upper Midwest as a major blizzard with significant snowfall amounts.