Early Snow Fall In The Sierra Makes For Rough Driving

October 4, 2009 6:22:35 PM PDT
Whether it's adventure or work highway patrol said to check the forecast before heading out. And remember to keep chains in the back of your car.Residents in the Sierra received a nice cold early gift this morning. Snow blanketed portions of the Sierra and Yosemite. Action News reporter John-Thomas Kobos shows us how this snow created tough conditions for some drivers while welcoming others.

Jeff Chatfield usually works Sundays alone at Sierra Summit but on this Sunday a Winter visitor showed up at the beginning of Fall.

"As far as I can remember back, this is the earliest I've ever seen it," said Chatfield.

Close to 2 inches of snow hit areas of the Sierra and Yosemite National park.

Chatfield: "It's accumulating on the dirt. In some spots it gets a little thicker but on the dirt I still have plenty of traction."

Several snow plows were out on the road Sunday, however they're not being used in the Huntington Lake area. They were headed north to the Kaiser Pass where several roads are shut down.

Highway patrol and Fresno County deputies spent several hours helping drivers out of the northern most areas impacted by snow.

Business owner Elaine Newton: "We didn't see anybody stuck but we heard they're stuck up higher. We weren't able to go that high."

Newton said snow keeps unprepared customers away but lures in cold weather adventurers. "Given the economy the summer was pretty good, it was decent, we prepared for it. We're looking for an early winter," she said.

Snow in the middle of deer season is always welcome to hunters like Larry Butler. "For hunting it moves deer out of the high elevations and they just migrate down and they stop when they get to an area where there's food," he said.

Whether it's adventure or work highway patrol said to check the forecast before heading out. And remember to keep chains in the back of your car.

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