The mountains have had snow on the higher elevations ever since the big storm came through and the park closed for what I thought was for the season. It is usually like that. Open until it snows and then closed until the spring. But the rangers and staff cleaned the roads bare and reopened. I took advantage of it and drove up to Big Meadows. So cold and stark up there. Ice and snow crunched under my feet as I walked the path. My car dash said that it was 31 degrees but the wind chill was so much colder. I came home with wind burn on my face. Less than 30 miles away from there the snow was gone (see last picture) and the world was totally changed.