Second Warmest February Closes Mountain High - NBC Southern California

Coverage of one of California's most severe dry spells on record and its dramatic turnaround

Second Warmest February Closes Mountain High

El Niño is expected to bring storms as early as March 6, according to NBC4's Anthony Yanez

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    Mountain High announced it is temporarily closed due to February's unusual heat and lack of rainfall. The resort plans to reopen March 11, after predicted storms bring snowfall as early as March 6.

    Those hoping to hit the slopes have bad news coming for them -- unusually high temperatures this February have temporarily closed the Mountain High ski resort in the San Gabriel Mountains through early March due to lack of snow.

    It's been so warm at night that even snow makers cannot function, resort officials said.

    Mountain High expects to reopen around March 11 after predicted storms bring a new blanket of snow to the mountainside, according to its Facebook page.

    This February, El Niño failed to deliver more than an inch of rain, reports NBC4's Anthony Yanez. Out of 29 days, 24 recorded temperatures that were above average. The average temperature this month, hovering at around 65 degrees, is the second highest on record, behind February 1995.

    The good news is that Mountain High passholders can still ski and snowboard 50 miles east, at Snow Valley Mountain Resort, at no additional cost. Hours there are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

    The unusually dry February is predicted to turn around soon, as the first weekend of March is set to bring showers and snow in the mountains by Sunday, according to Yanez.

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