Well, it happened: snow fell in Claremont Saturday.
Snow began to fall in north Claremont just after 10:30 a.m. and continued for an hour with small accumulations in Padua Hills and other north Claremont neighborhoods. More than two feet of snow has accumulated this morning in Baldy Village at 4,000 feet.
If unofficial reports are accurate, it’s the first time snow has accumulated in Claremont since 1972.
Baldy Road was blocked by the Claremont Police Department, with no access and no exceptions.
Looking north directly at Mt. Baldy covered in clouds on Saturday, high above Baldy Road below, a light coating of snow turns deeper as the elevation increases. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger
Judah Fabish pelts his sister Mila with a snowball outside their Claraboya Saturday afternoon. Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo
(L-R) Levi Wesson, James Peoples, Leila Wesson, and Joy Peoples enjoy the snow — while dressed in decidedly Southern California snow gear — Saturday morning in the Padua Hills neighborhood of Claremont. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff
Kathleen Noonan, center, with her daughter, Caitlin Peterson, and her grandchildren Tristan, 10, left, and Tabitha, 8, have a snowball fight with Angel Rubalcaba, 12, and Sammy Rubalcaba, 9, Saturday in Claremont. Noonan said in the 60 years she has lived here this is the most snow she has seen in Claremont. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff
A jogger heading north on Mills Avenue near Chaparral Elementary School Saturday afternoon is determined to get his exercise in despite the falling snow. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff
Snow in Padua Hills Saturday at about 11 a.m. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger
Access to Baldy Road is blocked by the Claremont Police Department as of 11:05 a.m. Saturday, with no exceptions. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger
A view of the Pomona Valley and San Gabriel Mountains taken from Chino Hills at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday showing the unbelievably low snow level. Photo/courtesy Debbie Sleeger
Snow falling in the foothills above Moab Dr. at 11 a.m. Saturday. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger
Snow falling in Padua Park in Claremont, at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Courier photos/Peter Weinberger