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Old 12-27-03, 09:39 AM   #1
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"Its here...FINALLY!"

Hey fellow ICE BIKERS! Our friends at the National Weather Service have the following to say:

A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT EASTERN PORTIONS
OF CENTRAL MONTANA WITH WIDESPREAD SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON 12 TO 24 INCHES OF TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE PLAINS OF CENTRAL MONTANA...WITH TWO TO THREE FEET OF SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH WILL CAUSE VISIBILITIES TO BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN A MILE WITH LOCAL WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/Greatfalls/

This is the first snow since before Thanksgiving here in the high plains of Central Montana and it is most welcome!

As I type this the conditions outside are quite harsh. The winds predicted with this storm have materialized and are really howling!

We'll see how bad the drifts are later today. If the snow accumulations follow as predicted, it could make for some interesting riding.

NAISME & mtessmer, its headed your way!
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Old 12-27-03, 10:03 AM   #2
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Sounds like a blast!!! Just be VERY ALERT if you go out on the road.Keep your eyes and ears open to anything approaching.Then get out of their way.Because they can't see you even with the best blinking tail lights available to us.This how I made to work 2 weeks ago in that type of storm.

Stay safe and enjoy the snow.
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Sounds like a blast!!! Just be VERY ALERT if you go out on the road.Keep your eyes and ears open to anything approaching.Then get out of their way.Because they can't see you even with the best blinking tail lights available to us.This how I made to work 2 weeks ago in that type of storm.

Stay safe and enjoy the snow.
Hey John!

I don't plan on going out until after the worst of the storm has past. I do have to ride through city streets for about 2 miles to get to the local bike trail system. With all of the "Holiday Shoppers" and exchangers etc... added to the current road conditions, I think it a good idea..

I am going to test ride my new commuter bike in the snow. It has simi-slicks so I'm not sure how they will handle. The knobbies on the other bike worked nice in the snow/ice. Hope these do as well.
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I have been watching for this storm. Today is in the 40s with rain possible snow mixture through Sunday. we get releif from the warm weather on Monday with more snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. The South wind we have had has brought a lot of moisture to us, so I am hoping for the best conditions! But with our luck it will track to the south dump on Iowa and then on into Buffalo. Weather sucks

I have also been dreading this storm, as the paths now are slushy and wet with melt-off, a snow over this crap will be real fun to ride on. I was out last night trying to keep my rear in line with me, and I broke a damn spoke, which really frustrated me. I spent 10 miles trying to figure out how I broke the spoke, and how I was going to fix it, not really paying attention to the ride. It is on my fixed gear hub so I've got to break the gear off the hub to replace the spoke, but last night it didn't budge, so I've got some work to do, like ride around the block and back pedal to see if I can break the grip of the threads on the hub, other wise I have to write the wheel off, and salvage the rim.

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I have been watching for this storm. Today is in the 40s with rain possible snow mixture through Sunday. we get releif from the warm weather on Monday with more snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. The South wind we have had has brought a lot of moisture to us, so I am hoping for the best conditions! But with our luck it will track to the south dump on Iowa and then on into Buffalo. Weather sucks



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I have also been dreading this storm, as the paths now are slushy and wet with melt-off, a snow over this crap will be real fun to ride on. I was out last night trying to keep my rear in line with me, and I broke a damn spoke, which really frustrated me. I spent 10 miles trying to figure out how I broke the spoke, and how I was going to fix it, not really paying attention to the ride. It is on my fixed gear hub so I've got to break the gear off the hub to replace the spoke, but last night it didn't budge, so I've got some work to do, like ride around the block and back pedal to see if I can break the grip of the threads on the hub, other wise I have to write the wheel off, and salvage the rim.
Oh man, sorry to hear of your troubles! I have never broken a spoke (yet) and am sure it is a real drag! Good luck with getting the repair done. I don't have the experience to truly appriciate what you are going through.

Your right, ice ridge riding, is difficult at best. Especially when you can't see them due to a fresh layer of snow. Certianly tricky compaired to fresh powder. With any luck the trails will melt off and you will get some better riding conditions.

This storm for us may make riding tricky due to the drifing. We already have a 1' drift in our yard. The roads are rutted and drifted with crusty drifts. Looks like some nice challenging riding conditions. I'm off until after the first of the year so won't have to worry about the commute.
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I made it out for a few miles yesterday. Depending on the neighborhood we had anywhere from 14" to 38" of snow.

The local resort(s) picked up 5 feet of heavy (for utah standards) powder. Sadly the road to the resort is closed. Thoes lucky enough to be snowed in have the mountin all to themselves and unlimted free skiing...
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I made it out for a few miles yesterday. Depending on the neighborhood we had anywhere from 14" to 38" of snow.

The local resort(s) picked up 5 feet of heavy (for utah standards) powder. Sadly the road to the resort is closed. Thoes lucky enough to be snowed in have the mountin all to themselves and unlimted free skiing...
Holy Moses!

Our local ski resort, Showdown has the following conditions:
date: December 27, 2003
time: 6AM
current temperature: 12 DEGREES
expected high today: 15-20 degrees
snow in the last 24 hours: 20-24 inches!
snow in the last week: 20-24 inches!
snowpack at the top: 40 INCHES
snowpack at the bottom: 26 inches

I Mountain bike in the area of the Showdown during the summer months. There are some great rides in the area of what we call "Kings Hill."

Have as much fun as you can, Joe. I don't ski, just ice bike. So, if the snow gets too deep then I'm stuck..
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You guys are KILLING me! It is 60F and sunny here today! This time last year, we where in the 30s.
Me! I've been trapped at work all day!
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You guys are KILLING me! It is 60F and sunny here today! This time last year, we where in the 30s.
Me! I've been trapped at work all day!

uciflylow,
Sorry to hear about working all day!

I enjoy the warm temps over the cold and snow, however, if you get lemons why not make lemonade!

The snow does make for some majical bike riding. I may go out after dark tonight as I have not do so yet. It would be very interesting. The silence of fresh snow and the solitude of the darkness should be real cool!

I just got off the phone with a friend of mine who lives in the mountains 130 miles S.E. of me. He tells a story of 3.5 feet of snow at his place. (around 5600 ft A.S.L. ) My elevation here is right around 3500ft A.S.L. and we don't even have a foot on the ground yet. Of course with the 30 MPH winds, what snow has fallen is in drifts scattered about the area..

This storm is strong and may yet affect your weather as it tracks east.
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If you ride year 'round in Great Falls you are truly The Man! I used to live up there...temps were not too bad but the wind was insane.
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If you ride year 'round in Great Falls you are truly The Man! I used to live up there...temps were not too bad but the wind was insane.
Yep, I am in Great Falls. Here is a photo from this past summer. You may recall the old Milwaukee Depot in the backgroud.

The wind is almost constant. I figure it makes my rides even more beneficial in my quest for physical fitness. However, it makes the snow drifts a bit tricky to ride in during a storm like this one. ( should be a fun night ride this evening!)
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If we get any snow this winter season, I intend to ride some. Although we never get a foot at a time, we rairly get a foot in a season, I look forward to riding in it!
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Hey fellow ICE BIKERS! Our friends at the National Weather Service have the following to say:

A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT EASTERN PORTIONS
OF CENTRAL MONTANA WITH WIDESPREAD SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON 12 TO 24 INCHES OF TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE PLAINS OF CENTRAL MONTANA...WITH TWO TO THREE FEET OF SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS. NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH WILL CAUSE VISIBILITIES TO BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN A MILE WITH LOCAL WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/Greatfalls/

This is the first snow since before Thanksgiving here in the high plains of Central Montana and it is most welcome!

As I type this the conditions outside are quite harsh. The winds predicted with this storm have materialized and are really howling!

We'll see how bad the drifts are later today. If the snow accumulations follow as predicted, it could make for some interesting riding.

NAISME & mtessmer, its headed your way!

D'OH!! The snow storm that is treating you so well seemed to bypass Spokane on each side. We got a mear dusting today. This is a bummer dude.
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