We've had piddly winters the past two years: snow came and went just as quickly and the fire season last summer burned thousands of acres that hadn't had enough winter moisture. Before Christmas this year, we had real snow, snow that stayed. Then the cold weather set in...below zero night temperatures for 3 days. On Sunday, it was 6 degrees at 8 a.m. and snowing like crazy. That's unusual. Today, it warmed up to the 40's for the first time in about three weeks. About 15 miles "out north," it was still in the 20's and was a winter wonderland. I had a great drive around midday.
This is a view of the valley our little town sits in. There's only one spot on the road that presents this view.