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Fresh IE snow gives mountain visitors a treat

March 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The effects of weekend snowfall in the local mountains spilled over into Monday, as Bear Valley and Rim of the World school districts canceled classes for students.

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Inland Empire mountains saw 2 feet of snow over the last two days. By Monday afternoon all tire chain requirements for the Riverside and San Bernardino county mountains were lifted.

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But snowboarders and skiers couldn't have had a better weekend with the blanketing of fresh powder at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. This latest snow storm was the biggest and best thus far after what has been an extremely dry winter season.

"It's awesome," said Apple Valley resident Taylor Cole, who is originally from Utah. "This is definitely Utah snow, definitely high-quality stuff. I'd recommend coming out here as soon as possible before it melts."

Local businesses were also pleased with the late-season storm.

"The timing couldn't be any better due to the fact that we have spring break coming up so it'll revitalize," said Eric Schwartz, owner of Get The Burger in Big Bear.

Meanwhile, the Antelope Valley saw strong winds whip through the area Sunday night and morning temps hit around the freezing mark. A frost advisory was in effect for that area Monday.

See photos of storm throughout Southern California

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