Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Up There

It's snowing up there. Different reports are making different predictions, but above 3500 to 4000 feet elevation, there will be in the neighborhood of 10-18 inches of snow by mid-morning tomorrow. I'm sure it's snowing here as well, but it's not reaching the ground in snow form. If we get a clear spot tomorrow, take a look toward Marys Peak: in the eastern light, Marys Peak with snow is gorgeous. The above is the current view (notice the early nightfall- the price we pay for an extra hour of sleep and "fall back") at Tombstone Pass, where US 20 crosses the Western Cascades. Below is the view where 20 crosses Santiam Pass, the crest of the High Cascades- the axis of current volcanism. I haven't seen that chains or traction devices are required, but if you're crossing the mountains in the next day, you should probably carry them.
While I don't have many opportunities to be assaulted by Christmas music, it's beginning to look and feel a lot like winter around here.

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