Highway 58 through Tehachapi has now been reopened following closure at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night due to a storm that dumped at least six inches of snow in the Tehachapi Valley overnight with more at the higher elevations.
In downtown Tehachapi, city and CalTrans plows were at work this morning to clear the streets as a light snow continued to fall. According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance of snow for the remainder of the day, along with a wind advisory.
Tehachapi schools and many businesses are closed today, but there were signs of life in downtown Tehachapi this morning.
Kelcy's Restaurant opened on time this morning with customers waiting to get in.
One man who lives in Bear Valley Springs said he saw a number of cars on the roadside, stuck in snow, as he drove into town.
Someone from Tehachapi Hospital had shoveled the walkway in front of the West E Street facility and around the corner on Green Street.
Downtown resident Dawn Carpenter and her daughter Amber were out early, enjoying a walk in the snow and Amber had made a large snowball.
At Kelcy's, Bob and Dorothy Hardy, and their friend Kim were taking a break for hot coffee. The Bear Valley Springs residents drove into town at 4:30 this morning because they wanted a chance to shoot more of Tehachapi's historical buildings in the snow. Even with four wheel drive, he said it took three tries to get out of their driveway.
A retired advertising photographer, Bob Hardy said he takes photos to use on Christmas cards. So far he has photographed all of Tehachapi's historic buildings in the snow except Kelcy's Restaurant and the Tehachapi Museum. His wife Dorothy does PhotoShop magic to add elements to the photos, such as Christmas lights.
The morning brought success at Kelcy's and the trio were headed to the Tehachapi Museum after a break.
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