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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Polar blast snaps temperature records

A chilly late autumn blast Thursday broke low temperature records in the far northern Sacramento Valley and coated north state mountain highways with slippery snow. Pre-dawn temperatures dropped to 23 degrees at Redding Municipal Airport, icing an 84-year-old record. Surly skies spit snow at times over the valley.

But the real snow fell in the mountains above the valley floor, especially from Lake Shasta north through Yreka. Motorists had to chain up along parts of Interstate 5. Motorists also needed chains or snow tires Thursday to cross Hatchet Mountain on Highway 299 and Eskimo Hill on Highway 44.



Shane Range, a trucker from Salem, Ore., puts chains on Jennifer Collins’ car at the Pollard Flat USA gas station. Collins was heading home to Medford, Ore., from San Jose on Thursday evening. I asked Shane to help with my chains but he said no, I wasn't wearing a pink jump suit.

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