The last and strongest storm in our series continues its progression through the area; with a cold low pressure system off the Pacific Northwest coast directing a plume of subtropical moisture/atmospheric river into southern California, which has pushed the snow level to above 8,000 feet. Expect rain to continue this evening, locally heavy at times with gusty southwest winds 30-40mph and temperatures in the 30's. Currently, a lot of flooding is occurring throughout the Big Bear Valley and travel is not recommended; as the colder air arrives overnight roads will become ballistic! There is plenty of cold air coming south behind this system, the main cold front should pass through the region overnight and temperatures will drop rapidly with a quick changeover back to snow. The snow level should fall to around 4,000 feet by sunrise with snow, possibly heavy at times on Monday; snowfall accumulations of 1-2 feet are still possible through Tuesday. Snow showers will finally come to an end Tuesday; cold with highs in the upper 20's and lows in the teens. Cool and breezy weather can be expected for the remainder of the week with a dry, offshore flow developing, giving our area a much-needed break from all the recent stormy weather. Also worthy of noting, the Big Bear Valley has now reached our seasonal average in snowfall, which is 62" for Big Bear Lake proper, and over 100" at resort level; with winter only halfway over it looks like we're in for a very wet season!
If traveling to the mountains through early next week, be prepared for extreme winter driving; carry extra food, water & warm clothing in the event you become stranded and always carry tire chains, as weather conditions will change rapidly!