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The snow came down across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, causing the early closure of many base facilities, Jan. 4, 2016.

The snow came down across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, causing the early closure of many base facilities, Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

The snow came down across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, causing the early closure of many base facilities, Jan. 4, 2016.

The snow came down across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, causing the early closure of many base facilities, Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

The parade field offered a nice, flat area for enterprising soldiers looking to enjoy the snow on what ended up being an early day for some at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

The parade field offered a nice, flat area for enterprising soldiers looking to enjoy the snow on what ended up being an early day for some at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

Enterprising soldiers seeking to break up the monotony of yet another work day hit the open fields of Grafenwoehr, Germany, after a snowfall, Monday, Jan 4, 2016.

Enterprising soldiers seeking to break up the monotony of yet another work day hit the open fields of Grafenwoehr, Germany, after a snowfall, Monday, Jan 4, 2016. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

The snow plows at the Army garrison in Grafenwoehr, Germany, were kept busy on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Flurries blanketed the roads in snow, causing the early closure of some base facilities.

The snow plows at the Army garrison in Grafenwoehr, Germany, were kept busy on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Flurries blanketed the roads in snow, causing the early closure of some base facilities. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

Lacking a proper ski slope, American soldiers stationed in Grafenwoehr, Germany, rigged up snowy version of the popular pickup wakeboarding, Monday, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

Lacking a proper ski slope, American soldiers stationed in Grafenwoehr, Germany, rigged up snowy version of the popular pickup wakeboarding, Monday, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

While residents of the U.S. Army base in Grafenwoehr, Germany missed out on a white Christmas, they now can indulge in all sorts of winter activities thanks to a fresh blanket of snow that fell Monday, Jan 4, 2016.

While residents of the U.S. Army base in Grafenwoehr, Germany missed out on a white Christmas, they now can indulge in all sorts of winter activities thanks to a fresh blanket of snow that fell Monday, Jan 4, 2016. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The first real snowfall of winter blanketed U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Germany, causing some facilities to shut down early.

Most of the snow fell overnight and during the early morning. Roads were largely clear by the end of the day.

Some soldiers braved winds to take advantage of the fresh powder, breaking snowboards and sleds out of storage.

More snow was expected to fall on the area on Tuesday. Residents of Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels should look for updates on road conditions here.

darnell.michael@stripes.com


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