Mother Nature definitely decided to take her sweet ole time about giving this area its first ‘significant’ snow fall but this is without question a case of ‘better late than never’. The snow event started around day break on Monday, December 1st and continued until early evening on Tuesday, December 2nd. During that time we accumulated 7.5″ of new snow for a snow pack of 9.5″. This is quite late in the season for the first significant snow event; last Thanksgiving we had 25″ of snow pack although starting in middle December things really went downhill in terms of winter and really never recovered. As is typical for this area but completely counter to all my previous winter experience when it snows we rarely see any wind at all; this allows the snow to just accumulate on any fairly flat horizontal surface. The result is the immense boreal forest wrapped up in gleaming white snow. This also contributes to the incredible silences we experience in winter; all that snow all over the trees, brush and ground acts as a sound absorber.
Here are some images from the recent event: