The view from Arctic Circle, along Highway 18.

Big Bear Valley, CA — An inch or so of snow over the weekend brings our seasonal total to about 112 inches of snow for the winter season, since we received our first snowfall on Friday, November 13. As of this morning [Monday, March 8 at 8am], CalTrans only has chain controls in place on Highway 18, west of the dam, so those headed down the mountain the front way will need chains if in a two-wheel drive vehicle; four-wheel drives with snow tires on all four wheels are required to carry chains. This R2 chain requirement applies only to Highway 18, from the Big Bear Dam, through the Arctic Circle and Snow Valley, and down to Running Springs. There are no chain requirements for any other roads in our area and, still, Snow Conditions have not been reinstated so parking on city streets is allowed. For updates on road conditions, visit the KBHR Big Bear Road Conditions page.