As fresh snow falls, Big Bear sheriff warns that snow play is prohibited under stay-at-home order

As significant snow is expected to fall in mountainous regions of Southern California this week, the Big Bear Sheriff is warning residents that snow play is prohibited under the governor's stay-at-home order.

The sheriff took to Twitter Tuesday to tell residents in Big Bear Valley to refrain from hitting the slopes this week as state officials urge residents to shelter-in-place in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The sheriff's department stated that ski resorts, snow play areas, public lots and on-street parking in the City of Big Bear Lake are closed. 

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According to the National Weather Service, 6 to 12 inches of snow is expected at elevations between 4,000 and 6,000 feet, while 12 to 24 inches could fall at higher elevations, particularly in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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To date, there have been three confirmed coronavirus cases in the City of Big Bear Lake and two in the Big Bear City area. As of Monday night, San Bernardino County reported a total of 530 confirmed coronavirus cases. 

More than 5,600 coronavirus tests had been administered to residents across the county, and approximately 9.3% of those tested have been positive for COVID-19. At least 16 people have died from the coronavirus in San Bernardino County, however, none of the reported COVID-19 deaths are believed to be individuals from the Big Bear Valley.

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