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Storm dumps 2-3 feet of snow in some SoCal mountain areas

March 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Mountain residents were digging out of snow on Monday after the storm dumped between two and three feet of it in some areas. The heavy snowfall has some schools closed, and many are heading to the high country for skiing.

The California Highway Patrol ran escorts through the Cajon Pass most of the afternoon because of high winds, snow and icy roads.

It remained open and began to dry up by the early evening.

Students in the Bear Valley Unified School District, the Rim of the World Unified School District and Snowline Joint Unified School District got a snow day on Monday.

Due to the amount of snow that fell, all schools in the Rim of the World Unified School District in San Bernardino County were scheduled to be closed again Tuesday.

In Rimforest, 19,000 residents spent the better part of the day without power. However, Southern California Edison had restored it by 5 p.m.

The spring storm brought sleet, wind and more winter-like conditions. Heavy snow blanketed the mountain community of Wrightwood on Sunday, ironically the first day of spring.

Matt Bartlett of Wrightwood literally had to dig out of his house to get to work.

"The last snowstorm that was here, it wasn't near as bad as this one," Bartlett said.

Employees at Mountain High Resort were also moving snow around to get ready for visitors. Brian Blackburn said the fresh snow was the best he had seen.

"It equals or beats what we had about a month ago," he said.

The fresh snow means ski resorts will be open for at least a couple more weeks.

"We will definitely be open into late April," said Kim Hermon of Mountain High.

Chains are required on the following roadways:

  • State Route189 at State Route 18 to State Route 173
  • State Route 173 at Grass Valley to State Route 18 end route
  • State Route 38 at Angelus Oaks to Big Bear Dam
  • State Route 18 at State Route 189 to Forest Boundary

Drivers were urged to take it slow on the icy roads.