Black Friday in our white mountains: mixed reviews

  • [photo by Gary Meyer, The Mountain Enterprise]

    [photo by Gary Meyer, The Mountain Enterprise]

By Marcy Axness, TME

Following a white Thanksgiving, the Mountain Communities experienced a different kind of storm. The Fort Tejon California Highway Patrol office estimates that 2,500 snow visitors rolled into town Saturday; that doubled to 5,000 Sunday—for 7,500 visiting vehicles or more last weekend—most carrying multiple passengers.

If that sounds wild, keep in mind that visiting vehicle estimates have been higher than 20,000 on snowy weekends in the past. None of these are exact counts.

“That is very much an estimate,” said CHP’s Sergeant Michael Karr. “We don’t have…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

Top left: A bird’s eye view of Gorman and surrounding hills on the sunny day after Thanksgiving snow;

Top right: Conditions on the ground weren’t quite as idyllic, as snow visitors arrived over the long weekend. Some of them (inset) had a memorable time playing in the snow;

Above: Others had their vehicles towed from illegal parking spaces at the Frazier Park Post Office.

Traffic clogged up around Frazier Park Post Office and the 4-way intersection at Frazier Mountain Park Road and Monterey Trail. This photo looks north from the post office front steps, toward the intersection.

On Saturday afternoon, the CHP chain check point was moved east, from Lake of the Woods to the Mt. Pinos Way east entrance.

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This is part of the December 6, 2019 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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