From Wednesday afternoon through night, about eight inches of snow fell in Idyllwild and 13.5 inches of snow fell in Pine Cove according to the National Weather Service. As you can see above, the Town Crier is open (except for Grace, Marshall, Sandy and Halie).

And the roads have been plowed and cleared thanks to state and county. Below is a view of N.Circle from the center of town.

National Weather Service in San Diego Issued the following Hazardous Weather Outlook at 8 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 16
Riverside county mountains- This hazardous weather outlook is for all of extreme southwestern California.

Today and tonight scattered showers will move southwest over the deserts and north and east slopes of the mountains through the early afternoon.

The snow level will raise from around 3,000 ft to 4,500 ft this morning.
Strong gusty northeast winds will continue to increase during the morning. Strongest winds are expected through and below the passes and canyons of the San Bernardino and Santa Ana mountains where local gusts to 65 mph are possible.

Locally strong and gusty north to northeast winds are also likely in the northern Coachella Valley...Riverside County and San Diego County mountains..

Cal Trans issued the following alert about 8 a.m.
Riv 74 Chains or snow tires are required from 6 miles north of the north junction of State Route 79

To Mountain Center
Riv 111-route open with no restrictions
riv243 - Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires on all 4 wheels from Mountain Center to Pine Cove
State Route 371 -chains or snow tires are required from mile posts 70.5
to 77.1

Lanny's cleared the entrance and the Gastrognome is ready for lunch.


  1. Going hiking on Saturday, I'm debating Idyllwild vs Mt Baldy. I have a high clearance 4×4 with snow tires, driving from OC. The drivers on SR243 are impatient racers, and I tend to drive the speed limit cautiously. Icy trails I can handle. Icy roads are another concern.