It was Father’s Day in the Sierra Nevada on Sunday, and while offspring were celebrating their fathers, it seemed like Mother Nature got a little bit jealous.
A massive hailstorm hit portions of the Sierra Nevada on Sunday, proving that the wacky winter of 2019 is not ready for the summer months, pushing through until mid-June.
In Truckee, residents were surprised by a large swath of hail falling from the sky, a rare sight in the summer months:
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We always run away to the mountains before big tests or surgeries to take our mind off of the anxiousness. Kayak in the morning, thunderstorm in the afternoon and back out kayaking tonight. Such crazy weather! Truckee is so beautiful no matter the weather 🐻🌲🛶 #truckee #donnerlake #thunder #hail #scanziety #cancerlife #cabin
Also on Sunday, the storm moved down to the Sonora Pass, blanketing the high-elevation road and causing a traffic jam for miles:
What the hail? Stuck for two hours this afternoon on east side of Sonora Pass amid barrage of hail and lightning. Finally forced to retreat. Went from 95 degrees in Bishop to 34 degrees on the pass! @NWSSacramento #cawx pic.twitter.com/m2tMzcpMNW— Alex Breitler (@alexbreitler) June 17, 2019
We were told 60 cars stuck on the west side. Had to drive all the way to Tahoe to get over the crest. Seen plenty of Sierra thunderstorms in my life but this one was special. Just parked over us and dumped and dumped pic.twitter.com/YTxEv5CFYX— Alex Breitler (@alexbreitler) June 17, 2019
What a weird time to have a storm like this! Will the winter of 2019 ever end?!
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine