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[pct-l] Snow/rain

I'm not a scientist.  The following is based on a personal experience.
A couple years ago we had two big snows within the last ten days
of Jan. The result was a five foot snowpack. The 2nd or 3rd of Feb.
the temps rose into the upper thirties and it started to rain.  Over the
48 hours the rain continued and the temps reached 50.  The results...
deadly flash floods.  The dinky  stream that runs past our house
(except for some Augusts) raged five foot deep and 12 feet wide.
After that 48 hour rain which might have totaled 2-3 inches, there was
basically no snow left.
So my question is....what melted the snow?  Since it was raining, there
was no sunshine, but all the snow disappeared .

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