MOUNTAIN AREA — With visions of snow days dancing in their heads, children in the foothills went to sleep on Monday night and woke up on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to a proverbial winter wonderland, as the promised so-many-inches blanketed neighborhoods overnight. And it’s not over yet — freezing temps are expected overnight and there’s a good chance that snow is set to return to some areas this weekend.
Around the mountains, schools were cancelled and some businesses stayed closed due to hazardous conditions on the road.
In Mariposa, county offices were closed and meetings rescheduled.
In some places, trees fell, power was lost, roads were closed in Yosemite, and chains required over elevated passes like Deadwood. In other places, like Ducey’s at Bass Lake, delicious meals were cooked on schedule despite loss of power.
Around the land, people wondered when their roads would be plowed, or plowed them on their own. Coffee was made, hot chocolate was requested. Dogs, cats, coyote, hummingbird and piggy all rejoiced, and people took pictures — so many pictures. Here are some of them (with a big thanks to all who sent us images).