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Hwy 32 gets PLENTY of snow, Forest Ranch Pitt Stop open for business

CALTRANS snowplows are patrolling Highway 32 east of Chico, from Forest Ranch to beyond the Tehama County line, where there has been a mix of snow, sleet, rain, and hail throughout the day.

Posted: Mar 1, 2018 5:40 PM

CALTRANS snowplows are patrolling Highway 32 east of Chico, from Forest Ranch to beyond the Tehama County line, where there has been a mix of snow, sleet, rain, and hail throughout the day.  PG&E says power was knocked out to up to 500 residents living along Humboldt Road near Butte Meadows, and chains and 4-wheel drive are necessary in the mountains. 

Scot Johnson lives just northeast of Forest Ranch.  He was out on his mini-snowplow Thursday afternoon, trying to unblock his driveway, after big snowplows drove by and created a wall of snow in front of his path.  Says Johnson, "It's a pain when CALTRANS snowplows come along and block my driveway...I'm just plowing out my driveway before the big snow comes and I can't get it done."

Meanwhile, further down the mountains into the foothills, Forest Ranch is cold, rainy, windy, and foggy, but the community has not seen much snow.  Christy and Tim Pitts serve comfort food at the Pitt Stop Cafe 6 days a week.  Says Tim, "We're like the little brother of Butte Meadows..haha.  Some days it'll be stormy, and we get tons of business.  People don't want to drive to town.  Other days, people come up for the weather, so it's definitely weather-driven."

The cafe specializes in desserts.  Christy bakes a wide variety of pies from scratch.

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Lightning-caused fires will be a concern over the next few days as thunderstorms enter the forecast. We stay warm to begin next week but cool into the 70s by Wednesday.
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