The first snowfall that sticks on the mountains each fall signaling that the low-lying
areas will be receiving snow of their own soon and that fall is drawing to a close.
A term originally used during the Gold Rush proclaiming the end of prospecting season.
Fall is drawing to a close.
Insert sad face if you're me.
Insert happy face if you're a skier, snowmachiner, or my kids.
So that's termination dust. The end of fall and the beginning of winter wonderland.
P.S. I just heard from a friend in Fairbanks, which is 300-ish miles north of here, that they have around a foot of snow already!
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