There was a light dusting of snow last night. Not enough to impact anything. There’s still several feet of snow on the ground in the meadows and unplowed areas.
It’s still cold: night time 20s & 30s and daytime 40s. The forecast for snow has been downgraded to 50% for Friday and 30% for Saturday but is still at 70% for Sunday and is at 60% for Monday so it’s fairly likely that we’ll get additional snow this holiday weekend.
The main access roads are clear but can be icy late at night and early morning. Tributary roads are plowed but still mostly snow pack – crusty at night and in the mornings but can be slushy & slippery during the day.
Four and all wheel drive vehicles with good tread will be able to access most roads during the day but will still have to be careful at night and early morning. We are recommending chains for two-wheel drive vehicles, which can be purchased once up here at the Idyllwild Garage (951-659-2613) at the Chevron station on Highway 243 in the village area. They’ll install them for $20 and take them back off before heading down the hill for free. If you plan to wait and purchase chains once up here it would be a good idea to call first with your tire size to make sure they have them in stock. Front wheel drive vehicles would install on the front tires and rear-wheel on the back tires (duh!). Pick-ups without all or four-wheel drive will need weight in the back for traction (pick ups and vans are the worst for traction).