Usually when the natural snow machine gets going out in Kingvale, it means it’s time for Tom Santos to crank up his machines at Donner Summit Pizza.
“It was really foggy. Visibility (was at) maybe 100 feet,” said Santos about Thursday’s early snowfall.
Still, this early November storm was not providing the right ingredients for his business.
“You know you just never know. It’s just an odd time. The people that are coming through are coming through. They’re not here to play in the snow,” said Santos
So it was only a three pizza day. The cue ball sits idle and the chairs empty.
Four fast-falling inches of late afternoon snow here and just under a foot at the summit were just enough to foul-up drivers.
There’s plenty for Caltrans to do, with 200 pieces of equipment working from Auburn to the Nevada state line.
Crews ate stepping in to keep drivers safe.
“The storm started and it came in pretty quick and there were a lot of spin outs. People who didn’t have chains on or didn’t even bring chains,” said Mike Shandrew, Caltrans’ Kingvale supervisor.
Still as storms go he says it’s pretty standard.
“It’s the beginning of winter,” Sandrew said.
Having opened his business last year when winter rolled in so late, Tom Santos is hoping this storm is just a small taste of what’s to come
After all, snow for him means dough – literally.