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Snow levels, temps drop in IE mountain areas

February 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The snow levels and temperatures steadily dropped in the Inland Empire mountain areas, as a storm moved through SoCal.

Except for strong winds along Highway 38, there was no sign on Wednesday morning of the incoming storm. At Onyx Summit, it was bright and sunny, with deep blue skies.

But upon arrival at Big Bear Lake, the first signs of the storm moved in, and the first snowflakes started to fall. It was just icing on the cake for those want to ski or snowboard at the resorts.

"It's wonderful. We're hoping the snow comes down a lot," one visitor said.

The cold weather is just what people at the resorts want to see, especially after how warm it was last month.

"We had a couple days that were actually over 60 degrees. It felt more like summer than winter here, but we're back in a winter weather pattern now," said Chris Riddle of Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

Running Springs saw everything from heavy rain and fog to sunshine and snow during the course of the day. It was a perfect example of how quickly the weather could change in the mountains.