Yesterday's snow storm was indeed impressive. At times the sleet was coming down with a fury that I have never seen before. The snow and sleet, combined with an intense wind brought tree limbs and trees down knocking out the power more than once. As I write this part of the mountain is still without power, it having been knocked out more than 18 hours ago. The loss of power has also knocked out the phone for all of Palomar Mountain.
During the night the clouds completely cleared, giving us a hard freeze (18 degrees F at my house). While the roads have been plowed they are very icy. The icy conditions will keep the observatory closed to the public again today. We will re-open when it once again is safe for visitors on our site.