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Snow in San Bernardino mountains draws big business, heavy traffic

Traffic heading into the San Bernardino mountains on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

December 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Mountain snow has drawn big crowds to local ski resorts. However, the increased traffic triggered much more than big business.

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Recent snowfall had Southern Californians flocking to the San Bernardino mountains, bringing traffic along Highway 330 on Wednesday to a standstill.

Icy roads along with unprepared drivers also snarled traffic along Highway 18 in Big Bear.

The increased traffic, however, was good for local business. At Rocky's Roadhouse, the Wednesday lunch hour was booming, as was on Christmas Day. Owner Dennis O'Keefe said he made the mistake of closing on Christmas.

"There was 24 cars parked in our parking lot and next door and across the street, and it went from 8 o'clock in the morning until about 6 o'clock at night, so I made a terrible, terrible mistake," O'Keefe said.

O'Keefe said he remains to stay open through the rest of the holidays.

At Mountain High resort, 3 inches of fresh snow, sunshine and open roads added up to a fun day for visitors. According to Mountain High, the resort has a base of just more than 1 foot of snow. It's the best Christmas break conditions it's had in a few years.


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