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Storm blankets Mariposa County in snow

MARIPOSA - Standing in the spitting half-rain, half-snow on Thursday afternoon, Mariposa resident Mike Carter filled his little pickup with gas. Downtown Mariposa had patchy snow on the ground, and more was expected to drop Thursday night.

Carter’s pickup bed had about eight inches of snow in it, but Carter wasn’t upset about the white stuff that had dropped all the way down to Catheys Valley.

“This is nothing like it used to be. Back in the 1950s and '60s, we used to get a foot of snow every time a storm came through,” Carter said.

Despite Carter’s oh-well attitude, the snow that fell below the 2,000 foot level was unusual for the foothills surrounding Merced. Even Carter admitted that snow didn’t usually fall in downtown Mariposa.The storm that brought snow to the foothills also brought almost a total of 2 inches of rain to the Merced area, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford. Gary Sanger, a forecaster with the service, said that another half inch of rain had fallen by 10 a.m. Thursday morning, bringing the storm total since Tuesday to 1.87 inches.

Read the full story in Friday's Merced Sun-Star.