Snow in the Sierra on the last day of summer

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SODA SPRINGS, CA - Christmas in July? Try snow in the Sierra on the last day of summer. 

As rain pounded the valley, snow dusted the Sierra Saturday afternoon, catching people off-guard.

Gas station attendant Tyler Harbison can't remember the last time it's ever snowed this early in the Sierra.

"It picked up pretty fast," said Harbison. "It looks like a good 2 inches, poking around what's on the ground here."

On Saturday, September 21st, Harbison is doing the unthinkable---clearing away snow from his car.

"It definitely took everyone by surprise," said Harbison.

"I'm in a tank top. We brought flip flops. We're totally weren't expecting snow at all," said Andrea Avila of Santa Cruz.

She and her family are heading to Tahoe to see Avila's brother in the Ironman Competition Sunday. Snow was the very last thing on their minds.

Bob Carollo of Los Gatos is sporting his flip flops and and shorts tonight. He and his friends were backpacking down Royal Gorge and decided to leave early because of all the rain Saturday.

"About 2/3 the way backup to the ridge, it started snowing," said Carollo. "I'm embarrassed to say it; we were cursing the weather man as we were walking out, saying 'what?! Nobody said anything about snow!!'"

Ben Wise and his friends made the trek out from the East Bay. No, they didn't expect to see the white stuff either.

"It was pretty much a surprise. A bunch of us took pictures," said Wise.

While it was a photo opportunity for some, the snow was a headache for others. Snow piled up on Highway 80, forcing drivers to put chains on their tires. Chain controls were in effect from Kingvale to Donner Lake Interchange for a while on Saturday.

By Suzanne Phan,


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