Storm Could Mean Boom or Bust Weekend

SODA SPRINGS -- Friday was a perfect day for travelers on Interstate 80, with sunny skies and moderate mountain temperatures.

Those who got an early start were able to get to their destinations before a snow storm that is forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Bruce Shelby drove all day from San Diego on his way to Truckee to beat the snow, but getting back is another matter.

"We have work back in San Diego so we’re hoping we can spend some time with family and be able to get back out of here before the snow hits," Shelby said.

The Caltrans maintenance station at Kingvale has snow plows and other equipment already chained up and ready to go. It will be staffed up by midnight in anticipation of the storms arrival around mid-morning on Saturday.

He now admits he might have to buy some chains if he doesn't find a break in the weather come Sunday.

Businesses in Soda Springs are happy for the snow storm at midweek and the one that's on its way. Some are reporting that weekend rentals are double what they were last year at this time from people anticipating good skiing and snowboarding by the time Thanksgiving arrives next week.

“I got three or four new reservations for this weekend and for Thanksgiving," said Abby Grimmer who works at Donner Summit Rentals. "Any kind of hype or talk of weather coming in we definitely get a lot of last minute people coming up here."