It had rained most of the night, but as we woke the next morning, blue skies and cool temperatures offered great conditions as we set out for a short trip to Yosemite National Park. Just past Midpines, we caught up to the storm and experienced intermittent light rain for the remainder of our drive. Previous storms had brought snow to the Sierras, and when we arrived, we learned that icy conditions had closed Glacier Point and other areas outside the Yosemite Valley.
After checking in and unloading the car, we drove around the park to explore and found less snow than we had expected as we stopped at a number of our favorite locations. But the clouds remained, and we did enjoy a few snow showers during the afternoon. Snow began falling in earnest as we ate dinner, and by the time we walked back to our room at the lodge, most of the cars were already covered.
In the morning, we woke to find a veritable Winter wonderland. As you can see from our photos, about two to three inches of snow covered the ground and whitened tree limbs below the Three Brothers, giving us opportunities to photograph the park with a fresh coating of snow. It wouldn’t last long, but it was beautiful while it did.