Wednesday brings more snow to Claremont, avalanche at Mt. Baldy

by Mick Rhodes |

Claremont saw more snowfall Wednesday afternoon as a new storm system dropped more of the white stuff on the region hours after a “significant” avalanche closed a section of Mt. Baldy Road.

Mt. Baldy Resort was closed Wednesday after “a significant out of bounds avalanche that covered a section of the ‘Bowling Alley’ section of Mt. Baldy Rd. just before the entrance to the resort at approximately 5:30 a.m. [Wednesday],” according to the resort’s Twitter feed. The resort may be open by Friday, according to the Tweet.

This image, taken Wednesday, March 1, is one of the first seen of Baldy Village since a powerful storm dumped up to eight feet of snow in the higher elevations last Saturday. The village remains closed to everyone but residents. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger

Snow fell in northern Claremont about 1 p.m. Wednesday, adding to the unusual week of weather that brought more than eight feet of snow to the highest peaks of Mt. Baldy since Saturday.  

Access to Baldy Village has been blocked from the south since Sunday due to heavy snow and dangerous conditions. Cars are being diverted at Shinn Road, and Baldy Road continues to fill up with folks parking and braving the cold for a romp in the snow. Officials continue to caution drivers to wait until after conditions improve, likely by Monday, to make the drive up to Mt. Baldy.

There was plenty of snow in which to play Wednesday along Baldy Road just south of the village. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger

Saturday’s storm saw snow accumulation in the City of Trees, reportedly for the first time since the 1970s.

This Baldy Village swimming pool looks out of place amid the deep snow on Wednesday. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger

Since Baldy Village is only open to residents only, snow seekers parked along Baldy Road Wednesday about a half-mile south the village.


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