After months of heavy snowfall in the mountains north of the capital, a man in his 20s and a woman in their 20s set out to climb a mountain to see if they could see any snow.
They had a map, but the weather forecast was cloudy and a few inches of snow was expected.
When the two reached the top, they found it to be empty.
“They were all on their own,” said Alissa Boudreau, who was the first person to climb Mount Tabor in the U.S. and Canada.
Boudoureau said the two women decided to start the trek in a group because they had never climbed anything like it.
But by the time the two had made it to the top of the mountain, the snow had started falling again, and they were still climbing.
“We had our first fall, and we fell to the bottom of the snow,” said Boudreaux.
“I think it was our first winter,” she said.
Bouldering and snowboarding have become popular hobbies in the United States in recent years, with more people pursuing such pursuits than ever before.
The snowfall last week in the western US city of Bakersfield, which was named the “Snow Queen of the Year” by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, was the second-largest on record, according to the US National Snow & Ice Data Centers website.
The city had recorded more than 3,000 inches of icefall in January alone, and officials warned it could drop to as much as 3,600 inches in February.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in the region early on Saturday morning for parts of Bakerfield, according the Bakersfields Times Herald.
“It could be an overnight storm and then we’re back to normal,” said Mark Kiehl, the city’s emergency management director.
The storm was centered just off the city of Sacramento in the Sacramento area, but was moving east, possibly heading toward the city.
The weather was expected to get worse in the coming days, with a potential 1 to 3 centimetres of snow falling in the area on Sunday.
The area also saw a severe thunderstorm warning on Saturday afternoon, the US Weather Service said.
“With this storm system, we’re seeing a lot of wind and a lot more snow,” the Weather Service meteorologist, Kevin Sumpter, told ABC News.
The forecast is for snowfall to drop to around 1 centimetre on Tuesday, which is the equivalent of less than a quarter of a foot in the central US.
Bakersville resident John Larkin said the event was “absolutely amazing”, and the couple had made the trek a “once-in-a-lifetime experience”.
“I hope it’s not too late for them to go back to Bakersfeld and make the trek again,” he said.
With files from AP