Storm Brings Snowfall to Sierra Summit

Monday, January 18, 2010

By Monday night, the storm could dump more than a foot of new snow in parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. It is causing both joys and headaches.

Before anyone could travel to Sierra Summit this morning and enjoy the snowfall, you first ran into a rainy chain-control check-point just outside of Shaver Lake. We found Ethan Rolant from Clovis, putting chains on his tires. Action News asked him: "What do you think about this weather?" Rolant responded: "So long as there will be powder up in the mountains, I'm willing to suffer this."

At about 6,000 ft. the snow continuously fell for most of Monday. The snowfall at Sierra Summit looked significant and dramatic. But staff said this was how an average ski day looked like. If the storm kept dumping snow then skiers could be in for a fantastic season.

Boomer Devaurs with Sierra Summit Ski Resort said the snow would have to fall all week long to completely cover the mountain. He said, "The skiers and snowboarders out there are going to be excited. One, to have some deep powder snow to play in and also for the longevity of the season."

Tamara Lauira from Clovis was asked: "So what do you think about all the snow?" Laura answered: "I love this, this is a good experience for me ... I've never seen it snow before."

While snow attracts adventurers, snow plows remained on duty- clearing the highways because the conditions could quickly turn dangerous. The Sierra snow could shut down some schools Tuesday or delay their opening. We haven't heard of any closures yet- but tune in to Action News AM Live, and we'll advise you of any updates.

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