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Rejoice! It's a snow day! (Crystal Centell Irwin)

Snow Day!

This guy was super-excited when it hailed at 2,250 feet in Coarsegold on Monday afternoon (Corrie Lichtenberg)

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).

Early on the morning of Feb. 5, 2019 (Eric Radeki)

Manzanita in North Fork Feb. 4, 2019 (Don Grove)

Coyote, Feb. 4, 2019 (Martha Rojas Melgoza)

Hummingbird, Patty Wagner-Cottington

Cat in the snow (Annette Beaty)

Dog in snow (Kendra Chancey)

Piggy in snow (Eric Radeki)

Oak tree down in Oakhurst 426 (Monique Wales)

North Fork post office (Lisa Clark)

How to get around on a snowy day (Lisa Clark)

Bass Lake (Lisa Clark)

Meanwhile, at Ducey’s on Bass Lake at the Pines Resort (Lisa Clark)

The Pines Resort at Bass Lake (Lisa Clark)

Snow day from Road 274 looking toward Central Camp (Wade Wheeler)

Coarsegold snow day (Brad Miller)

I swear it’s more than 4.5 inches! In some places we had 9 (Gary McDaniel)




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