Snowfall is reportedly falling on I-80 and the summit of the Sierra Nevada mountains, along the California-Nevada frontier, a week before autumn has officially begun.
Transportation officials posted on their Caltrans District 3 Twitter account footage of snow heaping up at the Interstate 80 and on the Donner summit. Along Highway 267 and Highway 50, surveillance camera’s also caught a glimpse of the first snow.
Caltrans issued a warning for all traffic in the area to go easy on the gas pedal.
‘Can You Believe It?’ Sierra Welcomes September Snow https://t.co/3Fsrgc00G5
Technically, it’s still summer, but it’s snowing in the Sierra Nevada.
Caltrans District 3 took to Twitter Monday afternoon to share a photo of snow coming down at Donner Summit.
— What Really Happened FEED (@wrhfeed) September 17, 2019
Sierra Nevada, which stands for “Snowy Mountains,” is known for its ski resorts and early season snow-calls, but snowfall this early in the season is exceptional.
The early snow is due to a massive cold weather front that settled itself in the western Nevada area with wind gusts up to 50 mph and a low temperature of 27 degrees at Truckee airport on Sept. 15.
Extreme weather is nothing rare, unfortunately, to the Sierra Nevada area. Earlier this year, in February, The Epoch Times reported on heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada area.
California Ski Resorts Close After They Get Too Much Snow
An unbelievable amount of snow dumped by a series of winter storms hitting Northern and Central California since Feb. 1 prompted at least a few ski resorts to close their facilities.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, one of the most popular destinations in California, has received 87 to 129 inches of snow from the storms as of Feb. 5, which raised the season’s total snowfall up to 388 inches, according to the resort’s website.
Over 7-10 feet of snow in 4 days…the Mammoth dig out continues! pic.twitter.com/00cUZuO6OL
— MammothMountain (@MammothMountain) February 5, 2019
“Heavy snowfall picked up again last night (Feb. 4) dropping another 21″ at Main Lodge and over 36″ at the summit bringing our current storm total to about 7-10 feet,” a statement on the resort’s website reported.
The blizzard caused the resort to close its main lodge and upgrade the town’s chain controls to R3, which requires all vehicles to be chained.
“Snow is extremely deep, be safe and do not ride alone,” the statement continued.
June Mountain ski resort in California can't open because of too much snow. 108" of new snow and counting for this storm. pic.twitter.com/4v0F5uSZRu
— Brad Sowder (@TheBradSowder) February 4, 2019
Another ski resort, June Mountain, which is about five miles north of Mammoth Mountain, on Feb.3 recorded a staggering 72 inches of snowfall in 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.
Sorry folks, but we will remain closed today, Tuesday February 5. We have received over 10ft of new snow at the J2 weather plot since Sat. and today's forecast is calling for strong winds and another 3-10”. All crews are hard at work preparing for tomorrow. Stay safe out there. pic.twitter.com/GATGTbKfpe
— June Mountain (@JuneMountain) February 5, 2019
“We’re absolutely buried and will remain closed for today, Tuesday, February 5th,” said June Mountain on its website. “Since Saturday, we have received over 10ft at the snow plot. Lift, Patrol, Cat, Maintenance, and Snow Removal Crews are hard at work making sure we’re ready for tomorrow.”
Epoch Times reporter Zach Li contributed to this report