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SUGAR SNOWphoto of snow

Sometimes we get a sugar snow. This happens when rapidly changing air currents bring in a low pressure cell accompanied by a cold front after a warm day. The skies cloud over in late afternoon, the temperature drops, and an east wind carries big wet flakes that arrive in unbelievable numbers. The snow continues all night . One would think that sap flow would cease under such conditions. But because of sap gatherthe preceding moderate temperatures and the substantial drop in barometric pressure, the flow remains prodigious all through the night and into the next day. The new, wet snow freshens the woods and brings a delightful coziness in the sugar house. Every bucket will be full and running over, and the sap is cold and clear.