Heavy spring snowfalls hamper travel in the Sierra

PLACER COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) – A late spring storm brought fresh snow to the Sierra.

With snowballs in hand, Bay Area natives JR and Carmen Beruman made Thursday a day of fun. The two stopped at a gas station in Cisco Grove at around 5,600 feet where snow had been falling all day.

“I haven’t seen snow in a long time. The last time she saw snow, she was 8 years old? said driver JR Beruman, referring to Carmen.

And that’s why the couple knew they couldn’t leave without making a snowman.

“It just brought me back from my childhood. It’s been a while and I feel good right now, that’s all I can say,” said JR Berumen.

While some drivers had fun and made the most of April’s unusual weather, Caltrans said drivers need to take road conditions seriously.

“The roads are very wet and icy, so you can’t go 65 mph on I-80. The speed limit during the chain check is 30 mph,” Caltrans spokeswoman Raquel Borrayo said. “So if you slow down for the weather, you’ll get to your destination safely and keep our employees safe on the road.”

Even before daybreak, crews set up checkpoints requiring chains for most vehicles heading to the summit.

“This is my outfit for the snow here,” said truck driver Reggie Picks, wearing a jacket and shorts.

Although Picks may not have been dressed for the snow, he made sure his truck was ready, making sure his tire chains were secure.

“We have prepared, we are ready. No rush, safe,” Picks said. “We stopped here to refuel, then we’ll go up the hill. We are on our way.”

It was a positive attitude echoed by JR and Carmen Berumen before descending the mountain.

“We put on our chains. It took us 30 minutes to install them, but we did. We hope to return home safe and sound and everything will be fine,” said JR Berumen.

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