We think we got 15-18″ of accumulated snow (at the inn’s lower point in the valley along Strawberry Creek) out of this last storm, which is a lot more than was expected. Snow plows are having a hard time catching up although the highway and main roads are plowed with regularity.
This week is forecast to be cold – in the 40s during the day and 20s at night. More snow is forecast for this weekend – 60% chance on Friday, 40% chance on Saturday and back up to 60% chance on Sunday. These percentages are up from what was forecast yesterday. If you are coming up this weekend keep an eye on the weather link on this web site as well as the road conditions. Cross check against other weather sites – a composite is best. Also keep in mind that most use a weather station up in Pine Cove rather than at Idyllwild’s 1,000 foot lower elevation.
The best bet for getting up here will be from the south via Mountain Center, which means those coming from LA and Orange Counties will want to select the “gentlest drive” from our set of online directions – the route that takes Hwy 79 North from Gilman Springs or I-10 to Ramona Expressway, around the back side of Hemet and San Jacinto and to the 74 and up the mountain via Mountain Center. The northern route from Banning comes through Pine Cove, which is 1,000 feet higher than Idyllwild and will have more snow and ice and is more likely to be closed because of weather conditions.
It is absolutely gorgeous. The trees are still covered with snow – every branch – and the skies yesterday and today are brilliant blue. Actually, everything’s covered in snow but the trees look particularly beautiful with theri snow caps on.