JULIAN, Calif. (KGTV) — Visitors flocked to Julian ahead of an impending storm that could bring snow to the scenic mountain town for Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, temperatures remained low but dipped as the sun went down. Rain and mist made it difficult for shoppers — clutching their coats and umbrellas — who were still making their way around Julian's main strip.
Many are waiting for the snow that's expected to hit the area Thursday and Friday. Some even unprepared for the week's cold weather.
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"He forgot his jacket. I told him, 'where's your jacket at?'" laughed Traci Ramirez, pointing at her husband. He was able to purchase a jacket at a local shop.
As more guests are sure to arrive for the snow, locals advised visitors to prepare for the powder even if it doesn't materialize.
"I always say bring them and not need them. They're pretty good about plowing the main roads but not the private roads. Last 'snowmaggeddon' all the staff was stuck here for a week," Kat Bowles, assistant manager at Julian Lodge, said.
Gloves, jackets, long pants, and boots will make a trip to the snow much more comfortable.
Also, chains will likely be required on many roads leading to the mountains. Anyone planning to head up to the mountains should pack chains for their vehicle.
Sledding and fun in the snow should only be done on public lands, not on private land or on the side of roadways where traffic is a hazard.
And before leaving, locals ask visitors follow the adage "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints" and clean up after themselves.