Snow Storm Hits the Sierra

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KINGVALE — It’s been that kind of a night.

“Oh my God it is adventurous,” said one driver stuck in the snow.

The kind of night where a guy could feel good about putting down the microphone and just pushing cars full time.

“This sucks,” said another traveler. “I can’t believe it.”

Snow is bad enough; rain’s no picnic either on these windy mountain roads. But the combination of the two has been wreaking havoc.

“I’ll get through,” Bob Vaden said. “I’ve been here for about an hour waiting.”

Vaden has got two special deliveries on his mind: a grandchild he’s expecting back in Hawthorne, Nevada and a car he picked up in Marysville, California for his son’s new family.

“It’ll give them something reliable to get out of town and back and forth to doctor’s appointments,” Vaden said.

But this unreliable winter storm is a bump in everyone’s road, assuming everyone can stay on the road.

Chain Control hopscotched up and down the mountain as the wintry mix did the same, and people kept getting mixed-up in it.

Everyone has heard the advice for driving on Interstate 80 over the summit a thousand times before. Slow down. Use chains on your tires when you’re told. Keep alert.

That wasn’t enough to keep a man from running into a Caltrans truck whose driver was tying to get someone else out of a ditch. Luckily that driver wasn’t in the truck. But think about it when you get behind the wheel in this storm.

The life you save may not be your own.

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