An incoming storm promises to drop temperatures and rain across the Southland, and while mountains will see heavy snowfall, at least one local ski resort will be closed due to coronavirus concerns.
The system has already resulted in a few scattered showers, with highs barely ticking over 60 degrees Sunday in western Riverside County, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters said the storm will produce between half an inch and two inches of total rainfall west of the mountains through Thursday. The storm will mostly bypass the Coachella Valley, which will see very little rainfall, the NWS said.
Strong winds in the mountains and nearby deserts with gusts up to 40 mph are expected on Monday and Tuesday, according to forecasters.
Up to eight inches of snow will be dumped on Big Bear and Wrightwood and up to 12 inches of snow are expected in Idyllwild, according to the NWS.
However, with at least one local snow play destination closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, skiers and snowboarders may have to alter their plans to take advantage of the late season powder.
Alterra, the company that operates Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit in the San Bernardino Mountains, closed its North American resorts indefinitely Sunday.
“After careful thought and deliberation of our duty in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, and in what I believe is in the best interest of our guests, employees and local communities, Alterra Mountain Company will suspend operations at our 15 North American ski resorts, starting until further notice. All lift operations, food and beverage, retail and rental services will be closed until further notice,” said Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory in a statement.
Gregory apologized for the inconvenience and said the company will provide refunds to those who had bookings during the closure period.
Meanwhile, Mountain High in Wrightwood remained open as of noon Sunday
“Light snow is falling with more than a foot expected by Wednesday,” a post from Sunday morning on the resort’s Facebook page said.
Extra measures are being taken at Mountain High to keep visitors safe, including more frequent cleaning of public restrooms and loading less people into ski lifts.
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