Snow in Sierra Catches Travelers Off Guard

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Snow in the Sierra on Thursday caught some travelers off guard and caused headaches for businesses that rely on the warm weather.

"I came from Marysville, so it's been about 80 degrees the past week, and we've been swimming at school," said Tristan McCarty, who along with his mother, Jeannette Turner, thought the weather in the Sierra would be the same as in the Central Valley.

Both dressed for a typical May day, but when they got to Donner Summit, they were extremely cold.

"Yeah I'm going to have to dig through my clothes and see if I can find something warmer," Turner told FOX40.

While the snow was a surprise for those traveling through, others who live in the mountains were expecting it.

"Sometimes we have heavy snow storms here in the month of May," said Denny Powell, who is a home owner in the Tahoe Donner community in Truckee. "I wish the golf course would be ready to go tomorrow."

Still Powell worries Friday's opening day at Tahoe Donner Golf Course might be postponed.

The Pro-Shop there said it already had to cancel a tournament that was scheduled for Thursday.

"If it's not going to open up this weekend, then maybe it'll open on Tuesday and we'll be playing," Powell said.

Ironically, last February the Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach was able to open the earliest in its history due to a lack of snow.

Powell feels, in a dry year like California's had, snow late in the spring can only help. He hopes even more falls over night.

"There's maybe four inches here, and maybe 12 inches at the summit, so that might be good for the drought conditions that are in California," Powell said.