The snow storm hit the Cuyama Valley fast and hard Tuesday afternoon.
“It was amazing”, says New Cuyama resident Donna Guzman, “I mean we were just watching TV and we looked outside and there was snow, I was so excited and we ran outside.”
The cold front packed a wallop, dumping several inches of snow within an hour’s worth of time.
So much snow fell in such a short period that several big rig trucks jack-knifed forcing the closure of Highway 166 in both directions for several hours.
“Its exciting, we got out of the car and played in the snow”, adds Santa Maria resident Lisa Lyons who was detoured from driving east to Bakersfield.
Caltrans had to call out snow plows to clear Highway 166 that remained closed well into the night.
Other areas in the valley saw as much as ten inches of snow.
Overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing preserving much of the snow on the ground into New Year’s Eve.