Low Snow Falls in the Foothills

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COLFAX -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory. They are reminding travelers there will be low snow.

Truck driver Luis Mateos' long journey from Sacramento to Wyoming came to an early stop Monday morning.

"I knew it was going to be low, but I didn't expect it to be this low," Mateos said.

Flurries came down as low as 2,400 feet elevation at Colfax. For his building materials to reach their destinations, Mateos had to go through the grueling task of chaining up his 18-wheeler.

"It's going to be on and off. I don't know how far we're going to go with the chains on," Mateos said. "And then we're going to be taking them off, and putting them back on, so ya, it's going to be a while."

Business was booming for chain installers off the shoulder of Interstate 80. It was $30 for a safe ride up the mountain -- ensuring people wouldn't end up with spinning tires.

But not everyone had to put on chains. One couple said they were lucky to hitch a ride from friend with four-wheel drive.

"Chains are ridiculous. Right now, it's $30 to put it on," Billy Van from San Francisco said. "But fortunately we have a four-wheel drive. So we're happy about that."

"No, absolutely not. My Camry would not be able to go up this mountain," San Jose resident, Michelle Pham said.

The Bay Area snowboarders said they were just happy to see snow in the Sierra.

"It's a great way to start 2017 with the winter weather around like this, so we're stoked," Van said. "We are about to get my first ride in, and hopefully I don't break any bones!"

The winter weather advisory will be up until 10 p.m. Tuesday.