Category: Snow/Weather

El Nino, Not Quite The Blockbuster Many Had Hoped For

Big Bear, CA, February 29th, 2016 – After a sunny February, the hopes that El Nino storms would go a long way toward restoring California’s water supplies and correcting the damage done by years of drought are now fading. Instead, the new assumption is that in April, the state government will renew strict rules mandating water conservation in local water districts for another year. “It’s already a less dire situation, given the precipitation we have received so far this winter. But it would have to rain almost every day — storm after storm after storm — in March for there to be no drought rules this summer,” Max Gomberg, a top official with the State Water Resources Control Board. Nevertheless, this dry period isn’t as bad news for the region as it might seem, because the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California gets 30 percent of its water from Northern California via the State Water Project’s 444-mile-long aqueduct. As of Feb. 22, the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which feeds the state water system, was 94 percent of normal. Northern California and the Pacific Northwest have gotten soaked, while Southern California has been left pretty dry (with a few notable exceptions). Many of California’s most populous cities haven’t witnessed an especially remarkable winter to date. This isn’t quite the blockbuster year that many had hoped for (especially in the south). The...

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Prepare for Flooding Before it Occurs – Local Agencies Offer Free Sandbags

  Big Bear, CA, February 22nd, 2016 – Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.  In fact, flooding causes more than $2 billion in property damage every year.  The effects of El Nin?o could continue well into March, and Big Bear Fire Department encourages all Valley residents and businesses to plan ahead.  Agencies within Big Bear Valley have stocked up with sand and sandbags to help the Valley’s residents protect their homes and businesses in the event that flooding occurs. Properly placed sandbags should redirect water, mud and debris reducing the risk of property damage.  Local authorities suggest getting...

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High Winds Accompany Incoming Storm

Big Bear, CA, February 17, 2016 – According to the National Weather Service, a storm approaching from the Pacific Northwest today will drive a cold front south across the state on Thursday. The storm will generate strong, possibly damaging winds over the mountains and adjacent desert areas of San Bernardino County. All mountains of Southern California will see strong winds Wednesday night into Thursday. But the area of greatest concern for wind extends along the ridge tops of the San Bernardino Mountains and adjacent desert foothill areas from Pinion Hills and Phelan, east through Hesperia, to near Lucerne Valley. Highways 18 and 247...

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Big Bear Is One Of The Most Important And Amazing Ski And Snowboard Destinations In The Country

Big Bear, CA, February 13th, 2016 – Did you know that Big Bear is one of the most important and amazing ski and snowboard destinations in the country?  According to a new article in Ski Magazine, it just might be. Big Bear Mountain Resorts is a fantastic winter sports location, and it’s not just because of the beautiful snow and stunning scenery… it’s because of the wide variety of people it attracts.  Just in lining up for the lift or grabbing a bite at the Beach Bar your’re apt to see a vast array of our world’s different cultures...

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Winter Storm Underway

Big Bear CA, January 31st, 2016 – Our current winter storm is now underway and the National Weather Service predicts rain with snow today likely before 10am, then just snow. Chance of precipitation is 100% and new snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches is possible during the day, as well as some thunder.  As we move into Sunday night an additional 3 to 5 inches of snow is possible.  Along with very heavy winds with gusts as high as 55 mph. As the snow continues to fall the roads will become more of a challenge to drive on....

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