Big Bear Valley, CA — Friday’s Winter Storm Warning did result in fresh snowfall here in the Big Bear Valley, with a powdered sugar-like dusting of snow to wake to both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a few inches since yesterday (February 21) making for snow totals of around 104 inches for the season (average snowfall for an entire season tends to be 62 inches). The new snow has prompted chain requirements on some of our mountain roads, so for those traveling on Highways 18 and 330, west of the Big Bear Dam and down the front way, and for travelers taking Highway 38 over Onyx Summit and through Angelus Oaks, R2 chain requirements are in place. R2 means that you must have chains on the drive wheels of your vehicle, unless in a four-wheel drive with snow tires on all four wheels and carrying chains. Snowfall is expected to continue in the early parts of today (Monday), and dense fog and reduced visibility can be expected, so motorists—especially those taking the front way down the mountain—should proceed with caution. At present, there are no chain requirements for those taking Highway 18 the back way to Lucerne Valley. When conditions change, updates will be posted on the KBHR Big Bear Road Conditions page.
Weather-prompted schedule changes:
The San Bernardino County food distribution at Community Church by the Lake is not being offered this afternoon, given the weather. There are no plans to reschedule today’s food distribution, but we will let you know when the next scheduled opportunity will be available at Community Church. Update: As of 1pm, there will be food distribution after all (as volunteers went down the mountain to pick up the food when trucks didn’t come up due to snow). Distribution available until 2pm this afternoon.
The Healthy Start Collaborative meeting, to have been held at the Recreation and Park District offices at 2:30pm, has been canceled due to snow. The next meeting of the Healthy Start Collaborative will be held on March 15. For information, contact Tanya Perry at 585-6257.
Other community events that are happening include this evening’s free workshop for parents, offered by Common Ground. At 6:30pm, the parent support group will host a two-hour workshop titled “How Do I Make My Kid Behave? Understanding the Teenage Brain,” at Community Church by the Lake. For more info on this Monday evening series, call 801-1766.
On Tuesday at 1pm, Big Bear’s new Alzheimers support group for caregivers will meet at the Big Bear Senior Center. The group is now called Care Partners of Bear Valley, as caregivers for those with needs and issues beyond Alzheimers are now welcome to participate. For more information, call Mary Andresen at 585-7958.