A quiet, cold Labor Day weekend | SierraSun.com

A quiet, cold Labor Day weekend

Unseasonably chilly, November-like weather startled Truckee-bound visitors this Labor Day.

A record five inches of snow fell on Donner Summit on Saturday and temperatures stayed mostly in the 40s throughout the weekend.

The last time snow fell in Truckee on Labor Day weekend was 25 years ago.

But it didn’t keep vacationers away. Traffic was heavy on Interstate 80 heading west on Friday and Saturday, and east on Sunday and Monday. Congestion around Lake Tahoe was also reported.

Fortunately, fire and rescue personnel noted it was a light holiday weekend regarding emergency incidents. Only one minor accident occurred on I-80.

“I haven’t heard anything negative at all,” said Rachelle Pellissier, Truckee Chamber of Commerce CEO. “I think because the weather was bad it kept people doing things indoors, which is good for a lot of retail and restaurant businesses.”

On Saturday, when a cold rain (or snow above 7,200 feet) persisted throughout the day, the popular activity was shopping, and with Labor Day sales at most retailers, it was a perfect day for it.

“It was a beautiful thing for sales, with the bad weather on Saturday, we rocked,” said Taude Stevens, manager of Granite Chief, an outdoor mountain recreation retailer. “Sunday was a little slower when the sun came out. My numbers were down a little bit from last year overall for the weekend, but it was still a big success.”

OB’s Pub and Restaurant also reported they were very busy, with lines out the door on Monday.

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