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Sacramento Valley residents head north for white Christmas
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BLUE CANYON, CA - In Citrus Heights, a large oak stole the attention away from decorated Christmas trees.

The soppy, wet weather loosened the soil in front of Janice Gill's home on Vera Cruz Court, and caused her old tree to come crashing down across the neighborhood. 

"It sounded like a bomb went off. It's a miracle that no one was hurt and nothing bad happened," said Gill.

The tree avoided hitting any cars or homes by inches. Gill made calls to her Home Owners Association, but it was her neighbors who left the warm comforts of home to remove the 3-foot-wide tree from her yard.

"My neighbors are amazing. They all come together when we're in need," said Gill. "It's cold, it's raining, and look how many people are out here working together."

Heading up the mountains to the Sierras, snow seekers pulled over at 3,000-feet to install tire chains.

"We're searching for snow. We heard its up here," said Luis Bettencourt. He and his wife decided to leave their wet Christmas in the valley behind for a winter wonderland in Tahoe.

At 5,000 feet, wet turned into white. Snow falls pretty hard and according to 7-year-old snow enthusiast, Vanessa Delgado, it was perfect packing snow for snowballs.

"That's all she wanted for her birthday and Christmas was to see snow. Take me to the snow she said," Vanessa's father Lionel Delgado said.

By Leigh Paynter, lpaynter@news10.net

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