Big Bear Valley, CA — We didn’t get the snow on Mothers Day this year, but we did receive about three inches of snow here in the Big Bear Valley yesterday (Sunday, May 23), during several hours of snowfall starting in about the 7am hour and continuing into the afternoon. The late May blizzard also brought about near white-out conditions for some portions of the day, and, all told, brings snow totals for the 2009/2010 season to about 131 inches, which more than doubles the yearly average of 62 inches. Prior to the May 23 storm, our latest snowfalls had come on April 28 and on Earth Day, April 22, when the Big Bear Valley received about eight inches of snow. Per the most recent report on lake levels from the Big Bear Municipal Water District, lake levels are currently at about 69′, 7″—or two feet, eight inches below capacity; a year ago this week, this level was measured at 67′, 4″.

From Friday's sunny skies for the Amgen Tour to Sunday's white-out, the contrast was extreme here in the Big Bear Valley. Our first snowfall of the extended winter season was on Friday, November 13.