In the San Bernardinos  

     Blizzard SNOW Days * Now Rain has arrived     * Prepare for Next Rain!! 

‘SNOW Big Bear Lake’ from the Collection of The Late Richard Millener March 2019 ‚Äč 

 March 9 & 10, 2023

Excerpts from San Bernardino County public notices  

The predicted rainfall has arrived in the San Bernardino Mountains. San Bernardino County crews are monitoring flowing water and are prepared to ensure it travels where it should unobstructed. There are also steps blizzard-impacted mountain residents should take as rainfall on snow can present unique hazards.

The rain could quickly melt much of the snow, creating the threat of flooding. The rain could also add weight to snow perched on rooftops, increasing the threat of collapse. Showers could also loosen roof-top snow that has turned to ice, causing it to slide off in heavy, dangerous sheets.

In addition to the actions recommended in the above graphic, residents should make sure they are signed up for emergency notifications and also download the SB Ready app. Residents can do both on the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District website

A limited supply of sandbags is available at County Fire District fire stations for this storm and the storms to come, but homeowners should not depend on this supply and ideally should plan to purchase bags from home improvement and hardware stores. Purchase sandbags early and make them a part of your emergency supplies so they will be available when you need them.

Additional sandbag information and sandbag locations can be found on San Bernardino County Fire Department website  

Due to weather and traffic conditions, sandbag resources are available at these additional locations:

Crestline Community Center, 24385 Lake Dr., Crestline, CA 92322 

San Bernardino County Fire Station #30, 26330 CA-18, Rimforest, CA 92378

Supplementary locations can be found here: 

For more information on storm-related updates, please visit or call (909) 387-3911.


County offers reimbursements of up to $500 for snow removal

Paying someone to remove snow from private property can be expensive, especially in communities that saw up to 10 feet of snowfall. 

The County is using a portion of the $10 million set aside by the Board of Supervisors to reimburse residents and businesses up to $500 to help cover what they've spent on professional snow removal. 

There are some requirements, including the submission of photos of the completed work.

See details in the above flyer.

Snowcats steal the show at County Fire media event 

The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District today summoned the news media and showed off one of the stars of the County's coordinated blizzard recovery effort - a snowcat all-terrain vehicle.

Snowcats are one of the few vehicles that can travel in deep snow and are vital emergency vehicles in our mountain areas when snow and ice conditions don’t allow a conventional fire/rescue response. A snowcat (a portmanteau of snow and caterpillar) is an enclosed-cab, truck-sized, fully tracked vehicle designed to move on snow. San Bernardino County Fire deploys a large fleet of snowcat vehicles, which are strategically placed across our snow prone mountain areas. 

In 2014, County Fire snowcats were pivotal in rescuing more than 130 stranded motorists on Highway 138. Multiple snowcats were able to access, rescue and transport them to safety. During this year's blizzard emergency, snowcats were used to rescue residents from their snow-buried homes and bring supplies to those who chose to stay in their homes.