Scenes from an Epic Storm, a Photo Story (More Big Bear Photos Added Saturday)

So much snow! Heavy snow on tree limbs and power lines has accounted for many electric service outages since the first of storms kicked up on Monday.

So much snow! Heavy snow on tree limbs and power lines has accounted for many electric service outages since the first of storms kicked up on Monday.

The Big Bear Municipal Water District's Lake Patrol boat needed shoveling on Thursday morning, to prevent it from swamping. Mechanical/Facility Technician Jim Weber and Lake Operations Supervisor Travis Carroll ready the boat, should it be needed for rescue operations on Big Bear Lake (that said, don't venture out on to the lake ice!)

The Big Bear Municipal Water District's Lake Patrol boat needed shoveling on Thursday morning, to prevent it from swamping. Mechanical/Facility Technician Jim Weber and Lake Operations Supervisor Travis Carroll ready the boat, should it be needed for rescue operations on Big Bear Lake (that said, don't venture out on to the lake ice!)

This vehicle was lucky not to end up in Baker Pond, just off Big Bear Boulevard on Friday morning.

This vehicle was lucky not to end up in Baker Pond, just off Big Bear Boulevard on Friday morning.

Even four-wheel drive vehicles have been getting stuck...

Even four-wheel drive vehicles have been getting stuck...

...which is why R3 requirements, meaning chains for all vehicles, have been implemented.

...which is why R3 requirements, meaning chains for all vehicles, have been implemented.

We got a glimpse of sunshine on Friday, late morning, but then the snow continued... with current totals around 44 inches for the day, as of Friday afternoon.

We got a glimpse of sunshine on Friday, late morning, but then the snow continued... with current totals around 44 inches for the day, as of Friday afternoon.

By Saturday morning, the storm clouds had cleared, leaving us with roughly five feet of snow this week!

By Saturday morning, the storm clouds had cleared, leaving us with roughly five feet of snow this week!

Snowplow operator Mark Richardson was off to help seniors, after having had a quick nap following a 64-hour run of snow removal.

Snowplow operator Mark Richardson was off to help seniors, after having had a quick nap following a 64-hour run of snow removal.

Postal customers with street delivery mailboxes and cluster boxes are reminded to clear them of snow, as was done in this Big Bear City neighborhood.

Postal customers with street delivery mailboxes and cluster boxes are reminded to clear them of snow, as was done in this Big Bear City neighborhood.

It's a great day to hit the slopes, and Snow Summit resort has plenty of powder for skiers and riders.

It's a great day to hit the slopes, and Snow Summit resort has plenty of powder for skiers and riders.

Snowplow crews are working round the clock to clear roads; berm reduction will follow once this is complete.

Snowplow crews are working round the clock to clear roads; berm reduction will follow once this is complete.

Though the sun is shining and major roads have been cleared of snow, as of Saturday afternoon, all vehicles are still required to have chains, even those with four-wheel drive.

Though the sun is shining and major roads have been cleared of snow, as of Saturday afternoon, all vehicles are still required to have chains, even those with four-wheel drive.

[caption id="attachment_12060" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="So much snow! Heavy snow on tree limbs and power lines has accounted for many electric service outages since the first of storms kicked up on Monday."]So much snow! Heavy snow on tree limbs and power lines has accounted for many electric service outages since the first of storms kicked up on Monday.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12061" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="The Big Bear Municipal Water District's Lake Patrol boat needed shoveling on Thursday morning, to prevent it from swamping. Mechanical/Facility Technician Jim Weber and Lake Operations Supervisor Travis Carroll ready the boat, should it be needed for rescue operations on Big Bear Lake (that said, don't venture out on to the lake ice!)"]The Big Bear Municipal Water District's Lake Patrol boat needed shoveling on Thursday morning, to prevent it from swamping. Mechanical/Facility Technician Jim Weber and Lake Operations Supervisor Travis Carroll ready the boat, should it be needed for rescue operations on Big Bear Lake (that said, don't venture out on to the lake ice!)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12062" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="This vehicle was lucky not to end up in Baker Pond, just off Big Bear Boulevard on Friday morning."]This vehicle was lucky not to end up in Baker Pond, just off Big Bear Boulevard on Friday morning.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12063" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="Even four-wheel drive vehicles have been getting stuck..."]Even four-wheel drive vehicles have been getting stuck...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12064" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="...which is why R3 requirements, meaning chains for all vehicles, have been implemented."]...which is why R3 requirements, meaning chains for all vehicles, have been implemented.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12065" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="We got a glimpse of sunshine on Friday, late morning, but then the snow continued... with current totals around 44 inches for the day, as of Friday afternoon."]We got a glimpse of sunshine on Friday, late morning, but then the snow continued... with current totals around 44 inches for the day, as of Friday afternoon.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12124" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="By Saturday morning, the storm clouds had cleared, leaving us with roughly five feet of snow this week!"]By Saturday morning, the storm clouds had cleared, leaving us with roughly five feet of snow this week![/caption] [caption id="attachment_12125" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Snowplow operator Mark Richardson was off to help seniors, after having had a quick nap following a 64-hour run of snow removal."]Snowplow operator Mark Richardson was off to help seniors, after having had a quick nap following a 64-hour run of snow removal.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12126" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Postal customers with street delivery mailboxes and cluster boxes are reminded to clear them of snow, as was done in this Big Bear City neighborhood."]Postal customers with street delivery mailboxes and cluster boxes are reminded to clear them of snow, as was done in this Big Bear City neighborhood.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12127" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="It's a great day to hit the slopes, and Snow Summit resort has plenty of powder for skiers and riders."]It's a great day to hit the slopes, and Snow Summit resort has plenty of powder for skiers and riders.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12128" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="Snowplow crews are working round the clock to clear roads; berm reduction will follow once this is complete."]Snowplow crews are working round the clock to clear roads; berm reduction will follow once this is complete.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12129" align="alignleft" width="570" caption="Though the sun is shining and major roads have been cleared of snow, as of Saturday afternoon, all vehicles are still required to have chains, even those with four-wheel drive."]Though the sun is shining and major roads have been cleared of snow, as of Saturday afternoon, all vehicles are still required to have chains, even those with four-wheel drive.[/caption]

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