A joke, Rick. The Christmas Miracle sentence was a joke. Yes, 3 to 5 feet is hardly a super impressive storm. It's normal. The timing of it being the weekend and a few days before December 25th prompted me to refer to it as a "Christmas Miracle".
I remember the heavy wet snow we had in Flagstaff in January of 2010 when the snow was "Sierra like", with a very high moisture content, falling fast, and falling deep to about 5 feet over that long stormy few days. It was fun to see, but I wouldn't like that as a normal event, many times a winter. Even though Flag and the San Francisco Peaks normally get a heavier snow than Utah or Colorado's western slope, it is a relatively dry continental snow compared to most of California.
I see from the Whitney board webcams that there is substantial snow down to the valley floor in front of Williamson, and in the Alabama Hills. No rain ruining the totals today. Should be a pretty image once the clouds clear off Williamson.