Chilly Temps at Top of the Tram
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
PALM SPRINGS -- A heavy bank of clouds shrouds the mountains, looming closer and closer as we travel up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
We cut into the thick fog, emerging into a freezing forest.
"It was a lot like being back in Michigan about February, very fresh and very cold on the lungs," said Bob Ashley, who is visiting from Michigan.
Bob Ashley is visiting the valley with his friend from England, Will Fry. Yesterday they spent in the pool, today in jackets.
"Phoenix, over to Las Vegas and then up here, and as I said it was a bit of a shock to get to the top of the mountain and find that we're about freezing," said Fry.
Many visitors raced back in to warm up, staying outside only moments.
"Ten seconds probably, it was very cold, quite surprisingly cold and very windy," said Marj Carter visiting from England.
It was daunting to venture back outside. At noon, the temperature was 26 degrees Fahrenheit with windchill at the Mountain Station at the top of the tram.
Back in Palm Springs, it was warmer, but we had light showers in the afternoon.
"Kind of weird because every year in the parade we were cheerleaders, so we were always sweating from cheering, so its so hot and now it's going to rain," said Palm Springs resident, Jessica Duggins.
"Cold, I brought a blanket," said Palm Springs resident, Ann Tobin.
Some people who came to watch the homecoming parade in Palm Springs prepared for cooler temps.
"I like sunshine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, but we can live with a few clouds here and there," said Tobin.
"I bet it's raining or snowing at the top of the tram," said Palm Springs resident, James Franklin.
Once the sun breaks out on the mountains again, we'll see if snow came early this autumn.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway's annual snow guessing contest started October 1st and goes until the first measurable inch of snow.