Planes covered in snow in Grass Valley.
Low snow: it caught drivers off guard in the foothills on Tuesday, causing more problems the higher you go.
“This Mazda Miata was coming at me sideways, just siding down the hill. And I had to go sideways to get away from him,” said Chris, a bartender from McGee’s.
“It was crazy. There were cars everywhere. I was, like, 25 minutes late,” Jack-in-the-Box manager Daniel Swinfore said.
“There were tons of cars all over the side of the road. People were just abandoning them at some point,” Chris added. “Because this is the first big storm of the year, people just aren’t used to it.’
So bad that CalTrans closed I-80 eastbound traffic to big rigs at 2,000 feet, turning them around at Applegate.
“We were sliding around on the road. We were all the way on the other side of the road. It was scary,” said Jack-in-the-Box worker Steevi Saleen.
Low snow blanketed the area by early afternoon. The same postcard picture in neighboring Grass Valley.
Trayton Sieebottom, 12, scooped up a handful of salt to help melt the ice outside of Starbucks.
“You don`t really want them to fall and get hurt,” Sieebottom said.
In old Grass Valley, a pastry sweet image of snow-topped cars, while planes sat still at the airport, surrounded by snow.
At McGee’s pub, Irish Coffee was the popular drink of the day.
A tow truck driver there, said he helped 21 cars out of the snow. Fortunately, there wasn’t anyone hurt.