Winter storm surge piles up snow
A day and a half of wind, ice and snow has left residents in the Sierra foothills digging out and getting ready for more.
In Pollock Pines, local Safeway shopper Rich Wade battled hail and wind Wednesday night to get his groceries to his car.
"You just have to be prepared," Rich said. "So I'm ready to go home and start shoveling snow tonight. That's just the way it is up here."
At Echo Summit on Highway 50, wind drifted snow against the road as Caltrans crews worked to clear snow and put down cinders to provide traction for cars and trucks.
Conditions alternated between wind, hail and snow in Pollock Pines and other foothill communities, with more wintry weather expected, and up to five feet of new snow at the highest elevations.
Sam Ferguson of Santa Barbara had already driver over seven hours to reach Caltrans chain controls near Pollock Pines, and he decided to try to make the last 50 miles to Lake Tahoe.
"We'll give it a try. We can turn around and hit friends in Folsom if we fail," Ferguson said, as he tightened his tire chains and let his dogs out for a quick romp in the snow.
The next wave of weather is expected to blow through by late Thursday.