The picture I have posted here was taken a number of years ago at another place that I lived in. However, it is what I am seeing outside my window now. Nothing like having a clear day on Monday and waking up on Tuesday to snow. I had no clue that it was going to snow. Weatherman, what happened?!! Thankfully I didn't need to be anywhere today.
I live in the Sierra Nevada mountains. My elevation is rather low and so I don't get the snow the way they do higher up. Last winter it snowed once and it was in April of 2015. The usual snowfall is three to five times a year. The California drought really hit hard. So far this year I think it has snowed about six or more times. We are all crossing our fingers that we get enough rain and snow melt off to fill up our dams.
One of my more fun filled snow adventures took place when I lived in Magalia, near Chico California. I drove home from work and knew it was going to not be an easy drive. Magalia was an uphill drive from Chico and there was one rather steep hill before the road became more flat. I had snow tires but only front wheel drive and no chains. As long as I have a forward momentum going I am OK. However, the traffic came to a stop right before a bend in the road. I still had a little motion but the car in front of me got stuck. I couldn't pull around them because I couldn't see what was coming down hill.
There was a snow plow behind me. The driver got out and went to the car in front of me and proceeded to let some air out of their tires. They finally were able to move. However, I was stuck. My tires were spinning in the snow and ice. I thought he was going to do the same for me. Instead he informed me he was going to push me up the hill. I have never had a push from a snow plow but it worked. He got me up far enough on the hill that I was able to go on my own. That is until I got to my court.
I had just driven in to the court and my car stopped. I have a Saturn and it is low to the ground. The snow was about 2 feet deep. I only had to go about the length of three houses but I couldn't get past the first one. I ran up to my neighbor's home and knocked on the door. He came out but he couldn't help me. Finally a large pick up truck pulled in behind me. The truck belonged to an off duty police officer. He was going around and helping people like myself.
He and a friend first drove back and forth in my short (but uphill) driveway so that the snow was flattened. Then they drove a circle around the court to flatten out the snow more. I still had problems with sliding when I tried to drive in the area they flattened for me. He then proceeded to attach a rope to my car and pulled me around the court and up to my driveway. I couldn't get my car all the way in to the driveway but it was enough off the road.
Yeah I was home! However, I was stuck there for three days until the snow plow (wonder if it was the same snow plow driver) finally came in to the court and was able to plow the road. Of course I won't even get in to the problem of shoveling my driveway with a regular shovel. That will be another story some day. I now own a snow shovel.