Mountain High gets 8 inches of snow in winter storm, may reopen this weekend

Big Bear Mountain.
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Good news for skiers and snowboarders: The slopes may re-open as soon as this weekend at Mountain High in Wrightwood.

Justin Montoya oversees the grooming of the resort’s terrain. He said Wednesday night’s storm delivered some much-needed snow.

“Eight inches of snow here is a good little storm," he said.

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Montoya said that earlier this year: "A lot of the snow had melted and it was down to bare dirt. So with the natural snowfall that fell, once we make man-made snow, it’ll stick to the ground a lot faster.”

Slopes have been closed for a few weeks at Mountain High. The ski area opened earlier than usual this season – about a month ago. But it had to shut down after a week and a half because it got too warm to sustain man-made snow.

Wednesday night's storm also brought a flurry of snow to a well-traveled route along Interstate-5.

California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said there were still a few snow flurries early Thursday morning on the Grapevine.

“We did not close the Grapevine at all overnight," he said. "We don’t anticipate closing it at this time so traffic is free-flowing through the area, but we still have wet roadway conditions.”

Most of the accidents this morning were spinouts caused by driving too fast along transition roads and ramps on freeways, Villalobos said.

The National Weather Service forecasts rain showers through Thursday across Southern California. Snow levels are expected to drop at night to elevations of 4,000 to 5,000 feet.

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