Drivers asked to be cautious as snow, heavy rain falls in Inland Empire

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The Inland Empire saw fresh snow from a second storm that hit Southern California on Monday, and drivers were urged to be cautious on the roads. (KABC)

The Inland Empire saw fresh snow from a second storm that hit Southern California on Monday, and drivers were urged to be cautious on the roads.

At Bear Mountain Resort, there are 2 or 3 inches of fresh powder at the bottom of the hill and even more up top.

"We were up here for the weekend and were planning to go home today, but couldn't go, not with this snow - no," said Jean Stelter of San Diego.

Skiers and snowboarders were hoping El Nino can deliver a March miracle after what can only be described as the "February fizzle."

"February was really hot, about 60 or 70 degrees every day, and it was getting really slushy and people were complaining," said Richards Burns, a resort employee. "To get a foot of snow, a big storm like this in March is amazing."

It started snowing overnight in the San Bernardino Mountains and continued throughout the day.

At Mountain High in Wrightwood a few days ago, there was so little snow that they were forced to close.

On Monday, the resort posted video on Twitter, with 3 to 4 inches of snow on the ground. It's possible the resort could reopen later this week as more cold weather is expected to return.

For the most part, mountain highways were kept clear of snow and ice, but there were some places where conditions were a little dicey. For example, Highway 18 between Running Springs and the Big Bear dam, an area known as the Arctic Circle.

But it wasn't just mountain drivers having trouble on the roads. A Nissan spun out on the 10 Freeway in Redlands in the early morning. The driver was unhurt, but it was a good example of how slick the roads can be during a fast moving winter storm.

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weatherrainsnowstormmountainsBig Bear LakeRunning SpringsSan Bernardino County
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