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High country warm-up dazzles fans of spring

DONNER SUMMIT, CA - A spectacular weekend warm up brought lovers of spring-like conditions flocking to the Sierra.

Temperatures in the low 60's at the 5,000 foot level left fans of the cold wondering where winter is.

It's warm," said Priscilla Vasquez of Sacramento as her plastic sled ended up in several inches of water at the end of her run late Sunday afternoon.

Her brother Enrique was soaked from his romp in rapidly melting snow beside the Nyack Store on Interstate 80. "There was just no water the last time we were here. It was only snow," he said.

At Boreal Mountain Resort, snowboarders stripped down to t-shirts and sweatshirts as they jumped and carved turns at the resort's terrain park.

"It's nuts, it's crazy. I mean, it's normally cold and freezing and storming right now," said Cole Stockton of Auburn.

Long-time winter sports enthusiast Kurt Zapata of Truckee said he couldn't remember the last time it was this warm in early February. ""It's unbelievable, unbelievably warm, in a sense, unseasonable," he said.

The south fork of the Yuba River, normally frozen over this time of year, was clear of ice and snow at nearly 6-thousand feet, with a steady flow of water.

The Belisario family of Antioch stopped near Donner Summit to record a video for the daughter's grandmother in the Philippines. Even their chihuahua, Mellow, was willing to get out in temperatures in the upper 40's just after sunset.

"She lost her winter coat," said Ruby Belisario, the youngest of three daughters, "It's somewhere in the truck," she said laughing.


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