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Business is good in mountains thanks to storm

December 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Tuesday was a busy day for local mountain resorts and surrounding businesses as a cold storm headed out of Southern California, but not without delivering several inches of fresh powder.

Mountain High Resort had near-perfect conditions for skiers and snowboarders. Conditions were a bit foggy on the mountain, but most folks didn't seem to mind.

"A lot of people are really ready for the ski, the snowboard season and it's here, we're getting snow," said Kim Hermon from Mountain High.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, chains were not required. But it was snowing on and off, so it's a good idea to take them just in case.

The winter-like storm moved into the Frazier Park area Monday and by Tuesday morning accumulated into several inches of snow.

Three miles away in Wrightwood, businesses are hoping for an even better weekend.

It's chilly outside, but even an ice cream store owner is expecting big business.

Renee Merline says they sometimes get even more customers at Applewood Court when it's cold.

Across the street at Cinnamon's Bakery, the owner says the hot drinks are the most popular item right now.

"Hot chocolate, No. 1, without a doubt," Steve Moreno said.

Caltrans said they've removed chain requirements on all mountain roads with the exception of Highway 189 near Lake Arrowhead. They said they could require them again later Tuesday night if the weather requires it.

Authorities said drivers along Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass could experience some visibility and snow issues, but remained open.

The California Highway Patrol escorted vehicles Monday evening after reports of black ice on the roads.

In Los Angeles County, drivers had to deal with icy roads. Fortunately, conditions didn't force the Grapevine to close, but it did delay schools in the area by two hours.

Snow in the Grapevine melted Monday morning, creating icy conditions. But the road remained open and escorts were not needed.

Officials said the wet conditions led to more than 100 accidents on local freeways, including one involving several big rigs on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway.

The accident happened in the truck lane tunnel near the Newhall Pass, causing some minor injuries and a temporary closure of the route.

See photos of the accident involving several big rigs on the 5 Freeway.

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