By Michael P. Neufeld
UPDATE 7: Saturday, January 21 – 7:13 a.m.
Mountain Communities – Both Highway 18 and Highway 38 have been cleared by Caltrans and are open to traffic.
Chain controls remain in place on several mountain roadways.
UPDATE 6: Saturday, January 21 – 5:16 a.m.
Mountain Communities – Highway 18 between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and the Big Bear Dam is now open.
Highway 38 in the Angelus Oaks area was set to open once Caltrans equipment completed clearing snow from the roadway.
UPDATE 5: Saturday, January 21 – 4:18 a.m.
Mountain Communities – Caltrans has announced that crews worked all night to clear Highways 18 and 38, but too much ice and snow remains on the roadways.
“Caltrans and CHP will reopen when safe for motorists,” the information provided to ROTWNEWS.com stated.
UPDATE 4: Saturday, January 21 – 3:10 a.m.
Mountain Communities – Massive amounts of snow have forced Caltrans to close a section of Highways 18 and 38 while crews work to clear the two roadways.
Highway 18 — which is closed between the junction of Highway 330 (Running Springs) and the Big Bear Bridge — was closed Friday afternoon as a winter storm moved through the area.
Highway 38 — which is closed Forest Falls Boulevard to 3.5 miles west of the junction of Highway 18 (Big Bear Dam) — was closed about 1 a.m. Saturday.
UPDATE 3: Friday, January 20 – 4:55 p.m.
Running Springs, CA – The latest information from Caltrans is that Highway 18 remains closed possibly until tomorrow morning.
UPDATE 2: Friday, January 20 – 4:33 p.m.
Running Springs, CA – Caltrans crews continue clearing snow on Highway 18 between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and the Big Bear Dam.
The agency has not posted information about when the roadway will reopen.
UPDATE: Friday, January 20 – 2:20 p.m.
Running Springs, CA – While Caltrans crews are clearing snow from Highway 18 between Snow Valley and the Big Bear Dam, other emergency responders are working to remove vehicles stuck in the closed section.
Caltrans reports no visibility due to extreme snow fall.
Running Springs, CA – Caltrans has announced that Highway 18 between Snow Valley and the Big Bear Dam is now closed.
No timeframe for reopening the roadway has been announced.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.