Rim Country found itself dreaming of a white New Year’s, as a snow storm dumped 4-8 inches on Payson and buried Pine.
Payson’s fleet of improvisational snow plows had the main roads cleared by 8 a.m., after a nighttime storm that hit so hard after 8 p.m. that snowflakes in the headlights created near white-out conditions.
The snow slackened after that intense period, but Paysonites awoke to a winter wonderland of frosted trees — and the first chance this year to break out their beloved snow shovels.
The fleet of trucks equipped with snow blades trundled out into into the streets before dawn, to clear most major streets quickly. Police reported only minor problems, including several slide-offs.
The National Weather Service predicted clearing Monday afternoon. The forecast calls for a a low of 17 degrees in Payson Monday night and a high of 43 degrees under sunny skies on New Year’s Day. Those conditions should hold all week long.