Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Rocky outcroppings on the west side of the Santa Catalina Mountains were lightly dusted with snow late last week.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Barrel cacti were dusted with snow on the east side of highway 77, on the way to Oracle. Oracle is more than 1,500 feet higher in elevation than Oro Valley.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Marana resident Emily Grande took Alexis Mooney, 2, for a ride down a snow-covered hill in Oracle Friday morning. It was Alexis’ first experience with the wintery powder.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Saguaros below Pusch Ridge are juxtaposed with the snow-covered Mount Lemmon early Friday morning.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Blanketed with snow, the north face of the Tortolita Mountains is seen in the background as commuters head north on Highway 77, some in search of the seasonal powder.
photo courtesy of Douglas Everett, Douglas Everett sent in his photo of the Santa Catalina Mountains in answer to The Explorer’s request for our readers’ photos of the snow. If you would like to participate in similar events, follow us on twitter @Explorer_News or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorernewspaper.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, A small cholla cactus peeks out through the snow along Highway 77 Friday morning.
J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to The Explorer, Oro Valley resident Dylan Carnes sleds down a path in the snow up in Oracle this New Years Eve.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Oro Valley resident Chelsea Garner took her kids Abram, 1, and Asher, 4, to Oracle to experience snow for the first time. Numerous people made the short journey to the town to observe first-hand the cold change in the weather.
J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to The Explorer, Oro Valley resident Kaitlin Carnes quickly glances backwards while sledding in the snow up in Oracle on New Year’s Eve.
Yaron Yarden/The Explorer, Saturday morning, visitors to Mount Lemmon were only able to drive as far as Windy Point, at milepost 14, because the road was closed beyond that point due to snow.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Last Thursday, as the temperature dropped, the snow-covered Santa Catalina Mountains were lit with a warm glow from the setting sun.
The road to Mt. Lemmon is closed.