Heavy snow conditions near Shaver Lake causes road closures and snowball fights


The snow storm caused some road closures over the weekend.

Dozens of drivers were turned away on Highway 168, near the middle of the four lanes, as crews worked to clear the roads.

Sunday night the 168 reopened. As of Monday, the sun was shining bright but the California Highway Patrol says the roads are still icy because of the heavy snowfall over the weekend.

Officials say all cars including four wheel drive will have to chain up if they want to get pass the top of the four lanes. 

Monday was a busy day on Highway 168, many drivers chaining up, on the way toward Shaver Lake.

Thankfully, that the road is back open after being closed for several hours on Sunday because of the weekend snow storm.

“We’ve had it hit us a few times in a row now, so it’s building up,” says Susan Pieper, who lives in Auberry.

Many who live in the area, like Pieper, were unable to leave.

“We were snowed in mainly yesterday, we were kind of stuck I have a 4 wheel drive but you don’t want to get out in it because it was very icy,” says Pieper.

Even though she was stuck at home, Pieper thankful she had food and power.

She says the snow pack is much welcomed after a late season last year.

“Everybody wants to come up and see the snow especially if it’s a holiday,” says Pieper.

Like Derek Carrasco and his two sons.

“They’re off of school and I don’t work until later, so get them out of the house bring them up to the snow build some snowman and snow forts,” he says.

And even though he didn’t have chains to go up any higher, Carrasco, like many others turned the turn-out a mini snow park.

Making the most of their time, and not taking any chances on getting stuck.

“Well you need them up here because you can get stuck easily we’ve already seen the tow truck pull a couple people out,” says Carrasco.

Again, chains are required if you are heading up to the snow or even live in the area.

CHP says the next snow storm is expected to hit the mountain communities on Wednesday. 

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