While the South Coast won’t be hosting the Winter Olympics anytime soon, accumulating snowfall did blanket much of the Santa Ynez Range last weekend. A particularly strong winter storm hit early Saturday and Sunday mornings, raining hail on the Santa Barbara foothills and dropping as many as four inches of snow in elevations above 3,000 feet. Dozens of local residents braved the twists and turns of Highway 154 and East Camino Cielo Road to go sledding, throw snowballs, and build snowmen in coastal California’s version of a winter wonderland. Despite sunny skies and daytime temperatures in the 60s, one particularly intrepid snowman made it all the way to Leadbetter Beach, where he melted his life away at the water’s edge Saturday afternoon.
Originally published 11:35 a.m., February 23, 2006
Updated 1:24 p.m., March 2, 2006
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