A year ago this month, the sun rose over Palm Springs in the morning and a few dozen people took to the streets in the afternoon.
There were some nice views of the city, and in the evenings, the weather was nice.
But as the sun began to set, the temperature dropped, causing the region to freeze and thaw.
“Palm Springs is an amazing place to live and work, but for a winter, it’s the worst,” said Sarah Gagnon, a 26-year-old software engineer.
The temperature drop was so bad that some residents even went so far as to take out their own insurance policies.
As the temperature plummeted, people were forced to go without water and to boil their vegetables in the summer heat.
“It was just like, ‘No way,'” Gagnons mother, Susan, said.
She was among those who stayed indoors.
“I had to wear a hat, I had to go to the bathroom, I was freezing and I was crying,” she said.
As temperatures fell, temperatures rose, but there was still some snow on the ground.
By the time the temperature returned to normal, the snow was so thick that it began to fall.
“We were just frozen in place,” Gagnones mother said.
“This was like a snow storm, you know?”
Gagnona said her father and brother were not home, so she had to drive to work on her own.
“If we didn’t have the weather that day, I don’t know what I would have done,” she added.
And even then, the storm was too much for some residents to handle.
“There was just so much snow that was just on the streets and just all over the city,” Gignon said.
The city had to cut off the roads and make way for the roadless roads, forcing people to drive up the hill to get around.
The snow was not enough to stop a storm that was forecast to dump up to 10 inches of snow on Palm Springs on Monday, February 18.
On the other side of town, in the city of Rancho Mirage, it was a different story.
Residents were forced into the cold and dark to survive, as temperatures dropped below zero.
The wind chill index was in the teens.
It took a few hours for temperatures to return to normal in Rancho.
On Saturday, temperatures reached -18 degrees.
That is not good enough for a storm forecast that has the potential to dump as much as 6 to 10 feet of snow in the area.
In the end, Gagnoni said, her family had to make the tough decision to leave the city and take the road to the north.
“A lot of people have their hearts broken, and they have no other option,” Gannons mother said, “but we had to take the next best option.”