Heavy snow traps couple at Northern California cabin for 58 days

A series of storms dropped more than record 200 inches of snow.

Sierra County, Calif. — Two residents and a dog are free from the grasps of Old Man Winter after being stuck at a mountain cabin for nearly two months surrounded by feet of snow and downed trees.

The California Highway Patrol said the pair were trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains since December 6 but started running low on supplies in recent days.

The cabin is located to the northeast of Sacramento, in one of the least populated areas of the state.

Because of blocked roads, troopers sent a helicopter crew on Tuesday to rescue the couple and their dog.

Despite gusty winds, rescue crews said they successfully landed at the remote property and transported all to a safe location.


The mountain ranges in Central and Northern California saw record-breaking snow during the first half of winter, which likely played a role in blocking escape passages from the rural area.

A series of storms dropped more than record 200 inches of snow on parts of the mountain range.