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We had a nice start to the day in Maggie with clear skies at 42 for a morning low. Clouds have moved in ahead of the storms off to the SW. Looking like freezing temperatures return for the weekend. Cataloochee is still open, but the base is dwindling quickly. 

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i road tripped to Boulder this weekend.  Justified it with a cheap flight with free hotel (points) so very inexpensive, "theoretically" less than driving to Beech mountain and staying in a hotel/condo/house there.  Had some changes of plans, so it was a bit more expensive than planned, but, well thats a different story.  Also, got stuck there and had to stay an extra day and come back on Tuesday instead of Monday because airport and bus/train transit was shut down Monday. But actually glad now i can say i got snowed in with a record snowstorm in Colorado.

Got about 20 inches in Boulder.  Ironically I think DIA that i initially flew into got 27 inches ;-).   I hiked up into the Flatirons the last day and walked in snow up to my knees so that was cool.  In town, even though about 20 inches fell, the ground measurement was probably 1.5 ft max in some places due to compaction and melting, as temps were borderline the first two days.  I would say this is the most snow i've ever seen, save a couple of times up at Beech where the wind blowing so hard couldn't tell how much snow by looking at the ground.  Good thing about this storm was there was just about zero wind, at least in Boulder, the whole time.  It was picture postcard stuff and comfortable. 

In hindsight, especially if you are going all out to see the biggest snow, I should have gone into Denver like I did on Friday, ahead of the storm, just got one night, and then based on short term trends, had the ability to change plans and go to Cheyene, or wherever, but all in all I felt it was about the best I could do to wind up in Boulder.

I wound up being in the same hotel as the Weather Channel crew, and Jim, Producer Steve, and Chris the cameraman were all very nice and i spoke to them several times over the course of 3 days.  They let me film behind the scenes and asked if i wanted to follow them when they changed locations. it was very cool.   Even talked to Charles Peek and found out he later went on into Cheyene.  I made several cameo appearances during their broadcast hits playing "random dude that just "happened" to be walking down the street behind Jim on camera".

Some observations:
I posted in the mountain west forum a few times and I was really surprised by the small amount of activity there especially with a possible historic snowstorm coming in.  It was a laid back forum like this one,  but i didn't feel the love that I get in this forum even though i'm sort of a lurker / outsider, but i did at least get a few likes, so that was good.  I would say there was about 10% of the analysis of an upcoming storm than i am used to here.  

To a person, everyone who got off one of the local buses would thank the driver as they disembarked, I thought that was cool.

They are serious about masks out there.  I wasn't trying to be a rebel, just forgot a few times and i would get sternly reminded especially in restaurants and in the post office where i mailed back extra boots and clothing cause i was tired of carting everything around going in between cities and airport. 

I'll try to post some pics later if anyone is interested and i can figure out how. 

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meant to say, if money, and vacation days were no object, I could have pretty easily got in on 3ft of snow with just some slight plan modifications. 

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Sounds like an awesome chase. I happened to be in SLC for work and then up in Snowbird/Alta to ski in late February when they got 98 inches in 7 days. Definitely the most snow I've ever seen. The road up the canyon was closed for almost three days and the resorts in full "interlodge" mode, where you're not allowed to go outside due to avalanche risk. Needless to say, the skiing was pretty decent after that.

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1 hour ago, SnowDeac said:

Sounds like an awesome chase. I happened to be in SLC for work and then up in Snowbird/Alta to ski in late February when they got 98 inches in 7 days. Definitely the most snow I've ever seen. The road up the canyon was closed for almost three days and the resorts in full "interlodge" mode, where you're not allowed to go outside due to avalanche risk. Needless to say, the skiing was pretty decent after that.

wow can't imagine that.  I suddenly realized when i was hiking up that mountain at sunrise Monday morning that I was concerned about an avalanche. that was a first for me and it was a little unsettling.  But then i got past that and started to worry about mountain lions as i was the only one out there at that time. I do have a question, when they got 98 inches, what was the GFS showing prior to that, 300 inches? ;-)

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3 hours ago, NGTim said:

i road tripped to Boulder this weekend.  Justified it with a cheap flight with free hotel (points) so very inexpensive, "theoretically" less than driving to Beech mountain and staying in a hotel/condo/house there.  Had some changes of plans, so it was a bit more expensive than planned, but, well thats a different story.  Also, got stuck there and had to stay an extra day and come back on Tuesday instead of Monday because airport and bus/train transit was shut down Monday. But actually glad now i can say i got snowed in with a record snowstorm in Colorado.

Got about 20 inches in Boulder.  Ironically I think DIA that i initially flew into got 27 inches ;-).   I hiked up into the Flatirons the last day and walked in snow up to my knees so that was cool.  In town, even though about 20 inches fell, the ground measurement was probably 1.5 ft max in some places due to compaction and melting, as temps were borderline the first two days.  I would say this is the most snow i've ever seen, save a couple of times up at Beech where the wind blowing so hard couldn't tell how much snow by looking at the ground.  Good thing about this storm was there was just about zero wind, at least in Boulder, the whole time.  It was picture postcard stuff and comfortable. 

In hindsight, especially if you are going all out to see the biggest snow, I should have gone into Denver like I did on Friday, ahead of the storm, just got one night, and then based on short term trends, had the ability to change plans and go to Cheyene, or wherever, but all in all I felt it was about the best I could do to wind up in Boulder.

I wound up being in the same hotel as the Weather Channel crew, and Jim, Producer Steve, and Chris the cameraman were all very nice and i spoke to them several times over the course of 3 days.  They let me film behind the scenes and asked if i wanted to follow them when they changed locations. it was very cool.   Even talked to Charles Peek and found out he later went on into Cheyene.  I made several cameo appearances during their broadcast hits playing "random dude that just "happened" to be walking down the street behind Jim on camera".

Some observations:
I posted in the mountain west forum a few times and I was really surprised by the small amount of activity there especially with a possible historic snowstorm coming in.  It was a laid back forum like this one,  but i didn't feel the love that I get in this forum even though i'm sort of a lurker / outsider, but i did at least get a few likes, so that was good.  I would say there was about 10% of the analysis of an upcoming storm than i am used to here.  

To a person, everyone who got off one of the local buses would thank the driver as they disembarked, I thought that was cool.

They are serious about masks out there.  I wasn't trying to be a rebel, just forgot a few times and i would get sternly reminded especially in restaurants and in the post office where i mailed back extra boots and clothing cause i was tired of carting everything around going in between cities and airport. 

I'll try to post some pics later if anyone is interested and i can figure out how. 

Man, I sure would have loved to have went with you out there. Awesome insight. Thank you for sharing with us.

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Great pics and stories, @NGTim.  Thanks for sharing with us.  So cool that you got to hang out with TWC crew!  I have family just outside of Boulder in Lafayette.  They said it was the most snow they have seen in their 5 or so years of living out there.  Such an amazing storm, and I am glad you got to experience it.

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5 hours ago, NGTim said:

wow can't imagine that.  I suddenly realized when i was hiking up that mountain at sunrise Monday morning that I was concerned about an avalanche. that was a first for me and it was a little unsettling.  But then i got past that and started to worry about mountain lions as i was the only one out there at that time. I do have a question, when they got 98 inches, what was the GFS showing prior to that, 300 inches? ;-)

Tim thank you so much for sharing! Awesome pics bro and glad you got to witness that. 

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I really thought we would finish out March with below average rainfall. Now we are closing in on average and there's still plenty of March left. I'm closing in on 2 inches this event alone. It's pouring. 

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14 minutes ago, SnoJoe said:

Thunder and rain.

Most thunder I've heard since last summer. Just pouring rain as well!

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3 minutes ago, WxKnurd said:

Y’all stay safe tonight, think it’s gonna be a nasty evening.

Yeah looks like a bad squall line may form and blow through here tonight.  Cannot wait to see some nighttime lightning.

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Driving on I 40 at 2pm around MM 29 and a guy sped by us going at least 70mph, hydroplaned and spun out into a ditch and flipped. It was insane. 

He walked from it but this rain is way too heavy to be flying down the road. Be safe out there y'all. 

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I think we’re heading for some impressive flooding overnight latest hrrr brings the second band right over us before the squall line. It advertises and additional 2-4”.

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1 hour ago, wncsnow said:

Models totally missed the rain amounts here. 

I agree. I've got a small creek about to hop it's banks on the lower part of my driveway. I've had almost 3 inches (2.79") so far. A lot of that in the last 4 hours.

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