Big Bear Valley, CA — Ready or not, it’s snowing again and, given the Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service, we can expect winter weather through Wednesday morning. Per KBHR’s weatherman Ben Brissey, snow levels may drop to as low as 3,000 feet and heavy snowfall is possible, which may make driving difficult. A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means motorists can expect limited visibility and snow-covered roads, and extra caution should be exercised. As of 3am this morning, CalTrans began to issue chain requirements for our mountain roads and, as of this hour [8am Tuesday], chains are required on all two-wheel drive vehicles traveling on Highway 18 west of the Big Bear Dam and on Highway 330. Within the Big Bear Valley, R2 chain requirements are in place for local roads on the south shore of Big Bear Lake, from Pine Knot in the Village west, and including the Red Ant Hill and Boulder Bay areas, as well as Little Arctic Circle. Additional chain controls can be expected as this storm moves in, so travelers are advised to carry chains though, at this time, they are not yet required on Highway 18 the back way, Highway 38 or East Valley roads, per the latest from CalTrans. For updates on road conditions, please see our KBHR Big Bear Road Conditions page.
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