BLUE CANYON, CA - Winter weather's return made driving slow going for anyone hitting Interstate 80 toward Lake Tahoe Thursday night as the snow came down in fits and starts.
Earlier in the evening, traffic was allowed as far east as Kingvale without stops, but chain control moved down to Nyack around 7 p.m.
For some, like Steve Decker and his wife, chaining tires is no sweat. The couple coordinated turning the wheels and backing over the chains like a pit crew. For others, like Candice Protheroe, using chains is a whole new experience.
"Never, that's why we're paying someone to do it," Protheroe said on her way to Tahoe.
Carol McClarnon said it's well worth the $30 fee to have someone else do the dirty work.
"It's not worth getting out there, getting wet and cold," McClarnon said.
When she and her husband decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Reno, they also decided to roll the dice on whether it would snow.
"We looked on the internet, and it said it might be, and then we went, oh well, maybe it won't be, so we just took our chance," McClarnon said.