Wednesday's storm brought snowy weather and gusty winds to the western slope of the Sierra, even as valley skies cleared after sunset.
FOX40 spoke with travelers at the Nyack Shell station where drivers without 4-wheel-drive or tire chains had to either buy chains or turn around.
Turning around was not an option for members of the melodic hardcore band, Lifelink, trying to get to a gig in Reno.
"It was great until maybe two miles ago, and we just hit snow out of nowhere," said bassist Ross Burrows.
Thankfully, the Shell station had chains that fit the tires on their tour van so the band mates could get to their gig on time.
At Boreal Mountain Resort, the chairlifts were open until 9 p.m., and spirits were high during heavy snowfall.
As one skier summed it up, "It's tough on the roads, but it's awesome on the skis."
Cars that appeared to have been parked at Boreal all day had about 8 inches of snow on their roofs.