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IE mountains get late snowfall, resorts stay open

April 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
It was a slow start to a snow storm for Inland Empire mountains, but powder began pounding the area Friday evening.

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The snowfall provided an upside to local businesses and mountain resorts, which planned on closing for the season this weekend before the sudden burst of snow arrived.

Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood will stay open this weekend, thanks to this storm and the one earlier this week. The resort received 4 inches of new snow on Wednesday and could get another 6 inches on Friday.

Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear will also be open through the weekend. While these resorts decided to remain open, it may be the last chance skiers and snowboarders have before the slopes are closed until next season.

But the downside to the snow was found on the roadways. Cal Trans said chains were required as of Friday evening, and drivers were advised to pack extra food and water as a precaution. This was a change from earlier in the day, when chains were not required for mountain drivers.

The storm also brought high winds, dense fog and freezing temperatures.

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The latest round of cold weather has triggered a winter storm warning in the higher elevations, with temps maxing out in the mid 30s and up to 16 inches of fresh snow possible for the high country at 5,000 feet, dropping to 3,500 overnight. That warning is set to expire early Saturday morning.


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