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Did you know that winter storms are referred to as “deceptive killers?”
This is because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Fatalities may occur due to prolonged exposure to the cold, which leads to hypothermia or in traffic accidents on icy roads. Every area in Colorado has the potential to be impacted by severe winter weather. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard that lasts for several days. Blizzards are severe winter storms that consist of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibility. In Colorado, blizzards may occur anytime from fall to winter, and even into the spring.
Additionally, familiarizing yourself with the terms below may help with what to expect so you can properly prepare.
Despite the risks of winter weather, there are several measures you can take so you aren't left unprepared ─ read the information below to learn about what you can do during Colorado's winter months.
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On December 19, 2006 the National Weather Service issued several snow advisories indicating that a majority of the State was to be covered with 18-24 inches of snow between the morning of December 20th and late afternoon of December 21st. By mid-evening, December 19th, the northeast region began receiving snowfall, which was followed by mid-morning, December 20th, in the Denver metropolitan area. By that evening, government, school, business and highway closures occurred due to the intensity of the storm. Nineteen to 40 inches of snow were received, depending upon the area.
Cover photo courtesy of FEMA.