Photo Gallery: Snow in Rancho Cucamonga

Several Rancho Cucamonga residents awoke to a not-so-familiar sight Sunday morning as portions of the city saw as much as 2 inches of snow from the latest weather system making its way across the Southland.

Maya Jeffrey, 12, of Rancho Cucamonga managed to pack together some of the white stuff to make a small snowman on the grass near Boulder Canyon Road on Sunday morning. Although a short distance a way in the Alta Loma foothills, residents said they didn't see any snow.

"If there was snow here it probably melted already," said Lorena Garcia of Alta Londa early Sunday afternoon.

Maya Jeffrey, 12 of Rancho Cucamonga  builds a snowman on Boulder Canyon Road.
Maya Jeffrey, 12 of Rancho Cucamonga builds a snowman on Boulder Canyon Road. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

Colder temperatures led to the snow level dropping to about 3,500 feet Saturday night into Sunday, according to Accuweather.com.

The cold weather left behind a snow-capped background to ringing in the new year.

Saturday's weather system dropped several inches of snow in the local mountains including about a half-foot at Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains, according to residents, and more than 4 inches in Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Snow continued to fall in the San Bernardino Mountains Sunday afternoon.

No rain or snow is expected today or Tuesday.

Countless motorists tried to take advantage of the cold weather and make the trek into the local mountains, leading to traffic snarls.

Caltrans issued a SigAlert for Highway 330 heading into the Running Springs area on Sunday morning due to heavy traffic congestion.

Some ski enthusiasts took to the Snow Valley Facebook page to post their frustration with the slow-moving traffic heading toward the resort.

While the Snow Valley resort was open Sunday, the Snow Valley Facebook page asks anyone planning on visiting the ski resort to check the website for current conditions.

The snow-capped San Gabriel mountains as seen from  the Archibald Avenue overpass onto the East bound 10 freeway in Ontario.
The snow-capped San Gabriel mountains as seen from the Archibald Avenue overpass onto the East bound 10 freeway in Ontario. (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer)

California Highway Patrol officers and San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies had to help with traffic control on highways 138 and 2 heading to the Mountain High resort in Wrightwood.

Mt. Baldy reported an accumulation of more than 3 inches of snow. The resort website said it would be open for the new year.

Both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit reported on their websites they would be open for the new year.

CHP officials advise anyone planning to head up to any of the local mountain resorts to check chain restriction and weather conditions first. They also advise people to carry bottled water, snacks, blankets and a fully charged cell phone just in case they become stuck.

Authorities also suggest motorists have a full tank of gas or a small container with gasoline in case of emergencies.


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