Snow dusts Big Bear during season’s first major storm

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A light layer of snow could be seen in parts of Big Bear on Nov. 3, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

BIG BEAR, Calif. – Following the hottest October ever recorded in parts of Southern California, the season’s first major storm brought rain, gusty winds and even a light dusting of snow to the Big Bear and Mountain High areas, resort officials and the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

The cold front first moved across California on Monday, bringing temporary relief from drought conditions and the unusually warm start to the fall season, KTLA reported.

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The wintery weather included some snowfall in the Big Bear and Mountain High areas, where resort officials hoped for a colder season than last year when some resorts were forced to close early, and lost revenue.

“This is a great start for snowmaking,” said Big Bear resort official Clayton Shoemaker. “We got a feeling Mother Nature is going to kick in this year. We’re pretty excited.”

Despite the optimism, it was not yet known when the areas would be open to winter-sports lovers.

Farther north, 12 to 30 inches of fresh snow was recoded in the Mammoth Mountain area, which announced online Tuesday it would open in two days.