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Snow chain requirements in effect Monday night for San Bernardino Mountain roads

By in Press Enterprise on February 13, 2018

By Gail Wesson

Dropping temperatures and teasing snowflakes on San Bernardino Mountains roads have prompted snow chain requirements Monday evening, Feb. 12, according to Caltrans.

SBCO: Chains needed in the mountains. Check out Caltrans’ free app QuickMap for specific locations. Or visit https://t.co/ysIjNQ5BAU Be prepared before you go! #Caltrans8 #quickmap

— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) February 13, 2018

As of 8 p.m., the requirements were in place on Highway 18 from Running Springs to near Lake Arrowhead, on the highway from Running Springs to the Big Bear Lake area, and on Highway 330 from the lower passing lane uphill to Running Springs.

Check the Caltrans QuickMap for the most current information about requirements and any road closures.

Chain control in effect in the San Bernardino mountains. Check Quickmap for chain controls #caltrans8 pic.twitter.com/dEZbBUNhe8

— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) February 13, 2018

Generally, chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four-wheel/all-wheel-drive vehicles that have snow-tread tires on all four wheels. Four-wheel/all-wheel-drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain-control areas.

The National Weather Service forecast for the Big Bear Lake area calls for lows of about 23 degrees and a 40 percent chance of snow showers overnight with accumulation of less than a half-inch, with a chance of snow showers again Tuesday through Wednesday evening.

A camera live-streaming video of a bald eagle’s nest near Big Bear Lake where two chicks hatched Sunday and Monday shows there have been some flurries, and a dusting of snow had accumulated on the nest by Monday night. The parents are taking turns keeping the babies warm by roosting on top of them.

While there is a chance of snow in the Idyllwild area in the San Jacinto Mountains, little to no accumulation is predicted.

In the Inland valleys, there […]    

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