The snows of Napa County

Dusting reaches to 300 feet, coating vines and rooftops
2009-12-07T00:00:00Z The snows of Napa CountyBy DAVID RYAN
Register City Editor
Napa Valley Register
December 07, 2009 12:00 am  • 

Longtime Angwin resident Herb Ford awoke this morning to something he said he hadn’t seen in 35 years of living in Angwin — snow in the second week of December.

“I would say we had a quarter inch when we woke up this morning,” he said late Monday. “There’s still some snow in secluded places around here.”

Accuweather Meteorologist Mike Pigot said the snow level had fallen as low as 300 feet in the Bay Area, meaning many places in the Napa County hills got a dusting.

Pacific Union College posted snow pictures on its Web site, with cars, buildings and landscaping brushed with white powder. Nearby vineyards, like the one in this photo, taken on Summit Lake Road, made for a picturesque scene.

Pigot said the snow would melt away and by the time of the next storm would be found only at higher, and more typical, elevations.

“Before the next storm comes in — and it looks like a weak one — Thursday, it looks as if the snow level will go up to 6,000 feet,” he said.

Pigot said the cold air will follow the storm as it moves east toward the Rocky Mountains.

“After the heart of the storm, the air will slowly moderate to a temperature that is more seasonal for this time of the year,” he said, adding temperatures are normally in the high 50 degrees this far into December for Napa.

Accuweather predicts lows in the mid to high 30s through Sunday, with an overnight low of 32 Thursday night.

But Ford was warmed by news of how Angwin locals would help each other if anyone loses power in the area.

He sent a note to neighbors saying Pacific Union College, which has back-up power, would open its church doors to those who need a warm place to stay. Residents in need are encouraged to call Angwin Fire Chief Avery Browne at 965-2468 to find out if the church is scheduled to open to provide shelter.

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