Snowplows in June? California's Highest Mountains Are Still Blanketed in Snow

Summer is just a few days away, but Caltrans crews are still hard at work in some of California's highest mountains. They've been at it for months after winter storms left the Sierra Nevada range covered in deep snow drifts.

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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, a Caltrans excavator removes snow from Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working to clear Highway 120 as summer approaches; the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, a Caltrans rotary blower clears snow from Highway 120 near near Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working to clear Highway 120 as summer approaches, the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, snow more than six feet deep nearly covers a warning sign alongside Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working to clear Highway 120 as summer approaches, the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, a Caltrans rotary blower clears snow from Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working to clear Highway 120, the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Crews are working to remove snow from roads through two national parks as summer approaches. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Caltrans maintenance worker Paul Jensen removes snow and dirt that is clogging the rotary blower he is operating to clear snow from Highway 120 near near Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working to clear Highway 120 as summer approaches; the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, snow capped mountains are reflected by Ellery Lake near Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has kept Highway 120 closed longer then normal, preventing visitors to the area from taking in the scenery. Crews are working overtime to clear snow from the only road through Yosemite as summer approaches, which connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the image of Caltrans maintenance worker Bill Knight is reflected in the mirror of the rotary blower he is operating to clear snow from Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working to clear Highway 120, the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Crews are still working to remove snow from roads through two national parks. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, bicyclists will find their journey stopped by snow blocking the roadway, up Highway 120 toward Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working overtime to clear Highway 120 as summer approaches, the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, a section of the guard rail damaged by this year's snowpack, lies along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park, Calif. Nearly a 1,000 yards of railing, that serve as the only barrier between he road and precipitous drop that in some places is over 1,000 feet, needs to be replaced before the roadway can be reopened. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working to clear Highway 120 as summer approaches, the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 6, 2017, a National Park Service snow blower clears the entrance to Yosemite National Park, Calif. This year's heavy snowfall has crews working to clear Highway 120 as summer approaches, the only road through Yosemite that connects the Central Valley on the west side with the Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Crews used plows, excavators, and massive snow blowers to open the eastern entrance to Yosemite. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Snow covers a chair near Serene Lakes, Monday, June 12, 2017, near Soda Springs, Calif. A rare winter-like storm brought more snow to the Sierra Nevada, Monday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Snow covers a picnic table at Serene Lakes, Monday, June 12, 2017, near Soda Springs, Calif. A rare winter-like storm brought more snow to the Sierra Nevada, Monday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Christina Mishica runs along fog shrouded Highway 40 on Monday, June 12, 2017, near Soda Springs, Calif. A rare winter-like storm brought more snow to the Sierra Nevada Monday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
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