Residents and visitors to the mountain community began adding a few more layers.
By 1 p.m., the temperature outside the Grizzly Cafe read 43 degrees. An hour later, it had dropped down three degrees.
A winter storm warning was issued and was to last through most of the weekend.
At Lange's Woodyard, several bundles of wood were being prepared for the wintery weekend.
While at Mountain Hardware store, customers can stock up on wood and bags of snow melt, along with other useful items, to wait out the storm.
Skiers and snowboarders who are brave and warm enough can take advantage of fresh snow at Mountain High.
In Big Bear early Friday, it was bright and sunny with plenty of fresh powder on the slopes at Snow Summit.
Some residents are used to getting snow, but they were preparing for a bitter, cold night.
"I've lived here 42 years and it gets old sometimes," said Mike Fonda of Big Bear Lake.