Sunday night offered a stark contrast for FOX40's John Lobertini; it was cold, but calm and clear.
But, on Tuesday night Lobertini and Photojournalist Rebecca Little were pounded with white-out conditions on live television. And so, a stormy week had comes full circle with 4 feet of snow in just seven days.
The drive out of the Sierra was a grinding, gritty mess. "Trying something. Yea, gotta get it clean right?" Christopher Roberts grabbed a snowball when he couldn't find a squeegee and started cleaning his grimy windshield. "Stressful, very stressful. It's hard to see the lights, lines. As long as I can keep somebody in front of me I OK, but " Roberts says.
Getaway day was equal parts regret and relief. Interstate 80 and Highway 50 were clear; no chain controls. But sunshine and blue skies are in the forecast next week.
22-year-old Sean Brewer was headed home to Rocklin when we stopped him, "I don't want to leave. I gotta go back to work though. But you gotta do what you gotta do to pay the bills." Brewer had just spent a week snowboarding. He leaves behind small mountains of fresh power; cured by a bone chilling cold.
Kim DeSerpa traded the beaches of Santa Cruz for the slopes of Boreal Mountain, NorthStar and Squaw Valley. "The cold weather always makes the snow set up better. It's hard on the kids, but I just send em up more often," she says with an evil grin only parents truly understand.
Spencer Phipps of San Francisco also went toe-to-toe with the storms, "Wednesday was pretty hardcore. Ha, ha, ha, kind of intense. But afterwards it was sort of alright."
In the resort business they call this perfect timing. Get a storm. Clear the roads. And, welcome the crowds.
"Hot Chocolate," Roger Tiffer got to Boreal just in time for the start of night skiing; but a cup of hot chocolate had to come first.,
Michael Corr, up from San Jose, couldn't help but notice the steady stream of headlights moving west, as he drove east, "We got lucky this year. It's always beautiful up here though."
The drive home wasn't without its spinouts, fender benders and stalls. A rock and mudslide in Placerville produced debris piles as big as a car. The road was blocked, but that was the worst of it on getaway day in the Sierra.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times