Updates on the winter storms in Southern California

Snow Arrives in Big Bear; Bear Mountain to Reopen Today

Wind and rain ripped through Big Bear, causing rock slides, road obstructions and park closures

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    The strong system that has pounded Southern California for the last few days is bringing a plethora of snow to Big Bear and other mountain areas. Hotel officials are relieved that natural snow is hitting the mountains that have been starved due to the state drought. Crystal Eggers reports for Today in LA on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

    After a day of frustration Friday, snow covered Big Bear late Friday and early Saturday, with almost a foot of snow on the ground by Saturday morning.

    "This is just awesome. This is the storm that we've been waiting for all season long," Chris Riddle of Big Bear Mountain Resorts said.

    NBC4 Meteorologist was in Big Bear early Saturday and reported that nine inches of snow were on the slopes. She added that Highway 18 was still closed as of 7:45 a.m.

    Wind and rain ripped through Big Bear on Friday morning, knocking down signs, stripping away layers of snow, and prompting resorts and highways to close, Bear Mountain officials said Friday in a statement posted on their website and Facebook.

    Snow Makes Landfall in Big Bear

    [LA] Snow Makes Landfall in Big Bear
    While a winter storm pummeled Southern California, one area happy for the weather changes was Big Bear as snow made landfall. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

    Resort officials said they plan to Snow Summt and Bear Mountain Saturday at 8 a.m.

    The first wave of an aggressive -- but much-needed -- storm system hit the area Wednesday and Thursday.

    The storms brought more than an inch of rain to Big Bear and other drought-stricken SoCal communities.

    Snowgoers had been looking forward to a nice dose of winter for the weekend.

    "This is really sad,” Bear Mountain ski instructor Christine Gallo said. “I’ve never seen them close on a rainy day.”

    With talk of snow, Bear Mountain officials earlier in the week had encouraged patrons to come for the weekend: “100% chance of snow Friday night and Saturday. Call your pow buddies and get up here for some freshies!”

    Small amounts of slushy snow began to fall in the afternoon.

    Roads were opening up after travelers were met with obstacles in the form of rock slides and highway closures on two of the major mountain routes leading to resorts.

    Motorists hoping to hit the slopes this weekend were encouraged to dress accordingly, carry snow chains and drive cautiously.

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