Maria Alaniz said, "It just got kinda scary. We just pulled over just to let it calm down and we decided to park just to let the kids play."
"I mean, it looked so dark and everything, it looked like a tornado was gonna come down, the clouds were all forming and stuff. It was really scary," said Robert Nelson.
Nelson was driving on Highway 168 near Herndon when the storm hit. He, along with several other drivers spun out of control forcing the California Highway Patrol to shut down two off ramps.
"I just went off the ravine and went down and just started doing 360s. I missed one car by a foot and another one missed me by a couple feet," said Nelson.
Fortunately, no major injuries were reported. But it was dangerous enough for the CHP to escort traffic along the slick highway. In other parts of Clovis, the hail blanketed several homes, even making its way to old town.
Kathy Sobelman said, "It was exciting. We haven't had anything like this happen in quite a while."
"No, it looked like it was totally snowing. It was kinda cool. Kinda fun. It looked like Christmas, only in January," said Dawn Walker.