Yes, in-deedy-do...we got snow. I know both The Weather Channel and the US Weather Service put out statements that Flagstaff received 24 inches of snow in this storm, but here at Oleo Acres (one of the West's cheaper spreads), we got 30 inches of snow. And it came in sideways.
Now, I have to say that because we live closer to the Mogollon Rim (pronounced Mug-gee-yone) we usually do receive more snow than the other areas around Flagstaff. This can be a good thing in spring and summer when you really need some moisture for your garden and trees, but it tends to bite one in the bee-hind come winter. After living in this area for over 20 years I have come to the conclusion that "it ain't for wimps", as one old-timer put it.
Arizona is beautiful in very many ways, but can also turn very deadly on you if you don't prepare yourself. This storm came at the height of elk hunting season. It didn't even dawn on us until after the storm moved on and the first reports started coming in to the Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue...hunters got caught stuck, out in the forest and cut off from any hope of getting out the way they got in. One poor hunter from the Phoenix area, up with a buddy hunting, was killed when a Ponderosa pine snapped in half and fell on their tent, killing him instantly. It missed the other guy completely. Other hunters who could make phone calls on their cells were escorted out of the forest by Search and Rescue or by helicopter.
That said, and the wondering of why they were out in the woods when they knew a storm was coming (Darwinian to my mind), the aftermath is very beautiful. Here's a few pictures from around the place, but I have to say I cheated. I took the photos from the windows, warm inside the house while doing so. It was -10 F when I took the photos.
The beginnings of the dreaded "Killer Icicles". Thoughts of the movie, "A Christmas Story" come to mind when I see these.
I will try to get some photos of the sheep to post in the next few days. It was too cold to even want to try to hold the camera today. Plus, the sheep would not leave the barn. Walk in that snow?? Who? Us? Nope. Not us. Go find some other sheep to get out in this snow.
...oh...and while you're at it, we'd appreciate your placing our feed trays in here. We'll leave the empty trays outside the door for you to carry away.
Just what I needed...sheep demanding Room Service and special delivery. Who do they think I am anyway...Pizza Hut?
Note: This morning, 11 Dec., you may have seen on Good Morning America, Gerry Blair from our Sheriff's Dept. stating that almost 50 hunters and hikers have been rescued from the forests in our area. Both my DH, who works with Gerry, and I both thought the same thing - how many have they NOT found...yet?