First Snow, January: Truckee CA

It’s been the driest winter in the Tahoe area and the Sierra Nevada mountains since the 1870s. Those whose livelihood depends on snow or those who are just here because of a love of snow, are all getting desperate for the appearance of the fluffy white stuff. The bleached tall grasses of summer still cover the landscape. Finally, in late January the storm everyone had been waiting for arrived. Although it started with a day and a night of very heavy rain, eventually the temperatures dropped and the snow began.

Snow collects on the colourful branches and needles of a pine tree, Truckee, CaliforniaHappy to finally see snow, a man cross-country skis across the snow on a splitboard with an excited dog running along beside him, Truckee, California

Snow collects on the colourful branches and needles of a pine tree; Happy to finally see snow, a man cross-country skis across the snow on a splitboard with an excited dog running along beside him.

Heavy wet snow collects on the branches of a pine tree, Truckee, California

Heavy wet snow collects on the branches of a pine tree.

A happy dog lies in the snow with the trees of the snow-covered golf course behind her, Truckee, CaliforniaThe branch and trunk of a pine tree with snowy trees behind, Truckee, California

A happy dog lies in the snow with the trees of the snow-covered golf course behind her; The branch and trunk of a pine tree with snowy trees behind.

Thin pine trees in the smooth white snow, a light covering over the golf course, Truckee, California

Thin pine trees in the smooth white snow, a light covering over the golf course.

A trail of mushy yellow footprints in the smooth white snow, caused by the golf course grass and the heavy rain which preceded the snow, Truckee, CaliforniaSnow collects on the dried summer vegetation and grasses which still stand unusually late in the year due to the lack of snow, Truckee, California

A trail of mushy yellow footprints in the smooth white snow, caused by the golf course grass and the heavy rain which preceded the snow; Snow collects on the dried summer vegetation and grasses which still stand unusually late in the year due to the lack of snow.

Thick forest of pine trees with light snow on them, Truckee, California

Thick forest of pine trees with light snow on them.

Differently textured pine trees and branches covered in snow, Truckee, CaliforniaA very attentive red dog with white flecks of snow on her head, Truckee, California

Differently textured pine trees and branches covered in snow; A very attentive red dog with white flecks of snow on her head.

Snow clings to the bark of trees and covers the ground with dry summer grasses peaking through, by this time of year they should be well buried, Truckee, California

Snow clings to the bark of trees and covers the ground with dry summer grasses peaking through, by this time of year they should be well buried.

Pine trees across the snowy golf course with a big blue and grey sky, part of the course still covered in water from the heavy rain that preceded the snowfall, Truckee, California

Pine trees across the snowy golf course with a big blue and grey sky, part of the course still covered in water from the heavy rain that preceded the snowfall.

A large wooden house looks small in a forest of tall snowy trees, Truckee, CaliforniaOne lone pine tree against a rough wooden fence nearly buried in snow, with a forest behind, Truckee, California

A large wooden house looks small in a forest of tall snowy trees; One lone pine tree against a rough wooden fence nearly buried in snow, with a forest behind.

Fresh now piled on the side of a road which winds its way through snowy trees, Truckee, California

Fresh now piled on the side of a road which winds its way through snowy trees.

Footprints and tyre marks lead down the road in the wet snow, Truckee, CaliforniaWet fresh snow clings to the bark of a pine tree, Truckee, California

Footprints and tyre marks lead down the road in the wet snow; Wet fresh snow clings to the bark of a pine tree.

Trunks of skinny trees line the snowy path to a large wooden Tahoe-style house with firewood piled up at the front door, Truckee, California

Trunks of skinny trees line the snowy path to a large wooden Tahoe-style house with firewood piled up at the front door.

A white dog with a bandana tied around his neck stands in the middle of the road with snow stuck to his fur, Truckee, CaliforniaPeaking through the trees to a large wooden Tahoe-style house covered in fresh snow, Truckee, California

A white dog with a bandana tied around his neck stands in the middle of the road with snow stuck to his fur; Peaking through the trees to a large wooden Tahoe-style house covered in fresh snow.

A green pine branch grows out of a half black and half brown trunk in a snowy forest, Castle Peak, CaliforniaBright green moss grows grows on the trunks and branches of four very different looking trees, Castle Peak, California

A green pine branch grows out of a half black and half brown trunk in a snowy forest; Bright green moss grows grows on the trunks and branches of four very different looking trees.

Looking beyond the richly textured trunk of a tree through to a forest of more trees, Castle Peak, California

Looking beyond the richly textured trunk of a tree through to a forest of more trees.

Snow melts to form water droplets on the ends of two different types of pine needles, Castle Peak, California

Snow melts to form water droplets on the ends of two different types of pine needles.

A large wet rock boulder in the forest, covered in fresh white snow and green lichen, Castle Peak, California

A large wet rock boulder in the forest, covered in fresh white snow and green lichen.

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