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Rare April snowfall in local mountain areas

April 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's been mixed weather in the San Bernardino Mountains Friday. At times there was sunshine, and at other times there was snowfall. But there has been one constant, and that's the cold.

The cold storm has brought several inches of snow to the local mountains. Some people are taking it in because it could be the last snowfall of the season. But, quite frankly, there are also some folks that are growing tired of it.

"I am definitely ready for the summer," said Lake Arrowhead resident Sean Williams. "This weather is just, I'm done with it. I am so fed up."

"Well they have that old saying 'April showers bring May flowers,'" said Twin Peaks resident Mike Howard. "Well unfortunately when you are a mile above sea level the showers turn to snow."

Several people are heading up to the resorts for the weekend. Saturday is Bear Mountain's "Surf to Snowboard Day," which means people are going to start the morning surfing in the ocean and then drive to the mountains to snowboard.

And little did they know they'd be getting extra practice installing chains on their vehicles.

"We came up here earlier this morning, and saw chains were required," said Orange resident Ashley Heger-Hansen. "So we went back down the hill, got the chains, and she figured them out on her own."

But people who live up in the mountains know that snow in April shouldn't be unexpected.

"We always get something right around Easter," said Lake Arrowhead resident Steven Williams. "But April is the last time, and then we have a beautiful season for spring, and we start our summer season."

As far as driving conditions are concerned, Highway 18 was pretty clear and moving well. Caltrans is currently not forcing chains on vehicles, but as a precaution you should bring them with you.

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