"Snow bunnies" cause concern, traffic for Frazier Mountain communities

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jan 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-02 22:25:36-05

Winter storms have left the mountain communities with plenty of snow, and with the snow comes tourists also referred to by locals as "snow bunnies".

The Frazier Mountain communities experienced traffic problems Sunday and Monday due to the influx of people trying to see the snow.

"I personally was in traffic last night for five hours because it was grid locked," Frazier Park resident Marie Smith said. It took her five hours to go 10 miles.

A video sent to 23ABC shows emergency crews unable to move through streets lined with parked vehicles on the side of the road there to play in the snow.

"We're understaffed. I don't think there's enough support," Frazier Park resident Joann Pecoraro said. "I don't think we have the infrastructure to handle this many visitors."

Community members also expressed concern of the trash left behind by visitors.