Category: Snow/Weather

Thanks to Big Bear Lake, Ski On!

Big Bear, Ca, March 23, 2016 – Many resorts were hopeful for a longer ski season thanks to El Niño this year, but officials at Mountain High Ski Resort said a dry March has led to an early end to the season. An average season for Mountain High typically ends in mid-April, but the prolonged drought has proven an unrelenting adversary for the ski resort. The two ski resorts in Big Bear, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, run by Mammoth Resorts, should remain open until April, say Big Bear Mountain Resort officials. Nearby, officials at Snow Valley Mountain Resort, in...

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Quick Hitting Pacific Storm to Roll Through This Afternoon and Evening

Big Bear, CA, March 11, 2016 – A fast-moving but vigorous Pacific cold front will sweep across our region from this afternoon through this evening. This system will spread brief heavy rain, high mountain snow, and strong winds to the area. There will also be isolated thunderstorms over the coast, valleys and mountains. The main impact will be widespread wind gusts over 40 mph. Secure loose objects such as garbage cans and lawn furniture. When you’re on the road, slow down. Crosswinds make it harder to control vehicles, especially high profile and/or lightweight vehicles. If driving in the desert, visibility...

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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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