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Old 12-01-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I am with ryanek9freak.....my friggin mother-in-law gets the 'luxury' of not driving outside because she doesn't like the way the roads look. NOT FAIR.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Ice Station Peyton, Colorado
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Hi. I'm in california and i'm thinking of moving to Colorado Springs. How much does it really snow? Some people say it snows and melts the next day, and others say it snowed so much they were snowed in! So whats the truth ?
The recent snowstorm was a good example of what it's like out here. You MAY get a lot of snow where you live, or you MAY NOT get a lot snow. This is a wild area to guess what will happen next. The forecast might say to expect 1 inch of snow, but depending on where you live, the alignment of the sun and stars, you might get nothing but sunshine, or you may get 2 feet of snow, 50 MPH winds, and cows flying by. I look at the forecasts and laugh because I know they can be 200% wrong.

When I lived in Santa Clara County, my biggest worry was if I had a light jacket in the car in case the weather was so horrible that it might rain or be in the high 40's. Usually I had a week's notice of the "bad" weather.

Out here in Peyton, I have a "Cold Weather Kit" in case the car breaks down in a -20 (F) degree blizzard. You can die out here if you are not prepared.
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Old 12-02-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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This is pretty much exactly the same as the other active thread right now: 'How do you live with the snow?"

Bottom line + if you're afraid of weather, then CO is not for you. But, then neither is 80% of the rest of the country.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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Default Snow Tools

Can someone please provide me a list of snow tools/supplies that will get me through the CS winter (Home and Vehicle)? Maybe some stuff I should pick up from Home Depot? I'm originally from SOCAL and only own a garden shovel and flip flops.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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A cheap snow shovel is rarely needed. Gloves/hat/good shoes. Electric blanket. Emergency kit in your car for getting stranded in a blizzard (very unlikely, but could happen).
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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It kind of depends on where you live. I live up on the Palmer Divide and we get hammered up here with snow and wind a few times a year. I use a cheap plastic snow shovel to remove snow from the porch and deck. I have a pretty heavy duty snow thrower for my driveways (2 driveways at 400 feet each) which often get huge 4+ foot drifts. Often if you have a light snow, you can just clear the driveway or sidewalks with a push broom. In the car, you will need a scraper for the windshield with a brush (be sure to clear both your windshields and your headlights and brake lights so other drivers can see you). Keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full if snow is expected in case you get stuck or have to detour. Also, get the kind of windshield fluid that is for winter and does not freeze.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:49 PM
 
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Out here in Peyton, I have a "Cold Weather Kit" in case the car breaks down in a -20 (F) degree blizzard. You can die out here if you are not prepared.
-20!!! I am just about to close on a house in Peyton. How often do you see those temperatures? What heat source do you use? I bet the heating bills are going to be astronomical. Do they plow the roads there?
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:13 PM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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Hi. I'm in california and i'm thinking of moving to Colorado Springs. How much does it really snow? Some people say it snows and melts the next day, and others say it snowed so much they were snowed in! So whats the truth ?
Without reading what everyone else has said, in general winters are a piece of cake. We have average sun days of something like 300 days a year (I'll check that out and edit my post). Our weather is one of the reasons people move here and love it so much.

Even on the western slope and higher elevations - the sun comes out and melts a lot of big blizzard snows pretty quickly.

But you never know, right? Your first winter here could be the worst winter on record.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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-20!!! I am just about to close on a house in Peyton. How often do you see those temperatures? What heat source do you use? I bet the heating bills are going to be astronomical. Do they plow the roads there?
We'll get a good cold snap in January for about a week where we might see those temps, usually if we have some bad wind. Peyton will have quite a bit wind compared to other areas. Otherwise, if it is about 30 or 40 and the sun is out, it will feel nice outside, like light jacket nice.

We have natural gas for our heating when it is below 40 degrees, electric heat pump when it is above 40. Our heating bills aren't tremendous. Leave drapes open to allow the sun to warm up your home.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Without reading what everyone else has said, in general winters are a piece of cake. We have average sun days of something like 300 days a year (I'll check that out and edit my post). Our weather is one of the reasons people move here and love it so much.

Even on the western slope and higher elevations - the sun comes out and melts a lot of big blizzard snows pretty quickly.

But you never know, right? Your first winter here could be the worst winter on record.
Move to Colorado springs, they said! It'll be dry, they said! It never rains here, they said!

You won't need a shovel, they said!

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