Rapid Snow Melt

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Posted by Shawn & Annette in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on April 3, 2011

We’ve had a pleasant weekend here in Twain Harte. Thursday and Friday were warmer than usual for this time of year. I was getting concerned that we would be skipping Spring this year, only to head right into that hot summer weather.

We were expecting rain all day Saturday. The air had that heavy feeling and the sun made only fleeting appearances but the rain never came. Today, the sun is back out but the air is crisp and cool. It’s currently 55 degrees here in Twain Harte.

Look for more sunny weather this week with temperatures ranging in the low to mid 50s.

Very little snow remains at 4,000 feet. Snow seekers will want to drive up to Dodge Ridge or past Strawberry to find plenty of sledding and snow play opportunities. With these warmer, sunny days the snow isn’t sticking around long.

Like most of the locals we haven’t let our guard down. It’s the rare year that doesn’t see snowfall for Easter Sunday. So, we’ve been cleaning up the messes left behind by the recent series of storms. We are waiting to set up our summer outdoor gear, just in case the weather decides to turn on us again.

Area tree services should be having a banner year, with all the trees that were toppled. We haven’t decide whether or not to purchase a chain saw and cut up the trees ourselves or if we should hire the work done. It’s a lot of work but a necessary one. Not only can we use the fire wood next year but extra wood lying around only adds fuel for the fire, should a forest fire break out nearby. The law requires a 100 foot clearing around any structures.

These are perfect days for working around the yard — just as soon as the snow melts. We have one area that we still can’t get to because of all the snow but by and large the majority of the snow has melted.

Looking for something to do over Easter weekend?
Check out the 2011 Motherlode Area Calendar of Events.

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Check the Calendar

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Posted by Annie in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on April 5, 2010

Last month my niece was planning to come visit with the kids for Easter Sunday. She wanted to get our kids together for an Easter egg hunt. We talked about taking the kids Zip Lining at Moaning Caverns or even hiking down to Natural Bridges for a picnic and some exploring.

Easter Snow Storm

The more she talked about the visit, the more I kept telling her how much fun we could have, if they actually make the trip. I was chastized by her each time, with — “Of course, we are coming to visit.”

She lives in Mesa, AZ and we don’t see her or the kids very often because a 12-hour-drive isn’t all that much fun — all things considered. I kept telling her that it always snows on Easter. Well, two weeks ago, when a new storm warning was issued, calling for three storms to come through the area, she decided to postpone her trip.

The first two storms that rolled in were very mild, producing mainly rain and plenty of it. We had a light dusting of snow a couple days ago, which didn’t stick around long at all. When it poured rain yesterday, I figured we had cancelled her trip for no reason at all.

Easter Sunday Snowfall

I made a trip to Sonora last night to pick up a few groceries, the rain was coming down hard and steady. It was around 6 p.m. when I got back home, it was still raining. I stuck my head out the door around 9 p.m. last night as the snow had begun to accumulate, but it was heavy and wet, you could see the water dropping off the snow in huge drops. We had about 3-inches of snow that I was sure would be gone by morning.

As far back as I can recall it’s always snowed in Twain Harte on Easter Sunday. This Easter Sunday was no exception. When I opened the door this morning, I was in for quite a shock. I had to come back in and check the calendar to be sure it really is April 5th and not January 5th.

The roads are covered with ice and snow; the trees are covered with a thick blanket of the white fluffy stuff; there is snow as far as the eye can see. My niece will be pleased that she decided to wait for her visit. Driving in the snow is not her cup of tea. I still can’t get over how much snow fell overnight.

So, pack up the sleds and head up to the mountain for some sledding and fun in the snow — before it all melts again. Could this finally be our last snow of the season? Only time will tell. While I love the snow…

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