While snow in February may not seem like a noteworthy event, when it happens in the desert southwest I think it’s special. Being that it occurred at a lower elevation it was, even more so.
My camp was at about 4,200ft by the Río Grande. In the mountains of the Black Range, at around 8,000ft or more and 35 miles to the west, snow would be expected. And, I’m sure they got much more than where I was camped.
The temperature went down to 15° F for the low and the high was only 23° for a two day period. It remained densely cloudy for most of the time, with the wind gusting periodically, which made it feel like 1°. The trusty furnace kept me warm, but it used more propane and battery than usual.
It snowed overnight, and into the next day with about three inches of accumulation. This time it remained on the ground for a couple of days. Those flakes sure turned the landscape into a winter wonderland though. Likely, it will be the last white moisture for this season.
Camp: BoR-Río Grande boondock
Scene: Snow, trees, mountains, river
Also see: Early Snow