A heavy band of showers is moving into Big Bear Valley from the west and bringing heavy snow and difficult travel conditions to the mountains.

Chains are required on Highway 38 and Highway 18 in the Running Springs area, as well on Highway 330. There are reports of foggy conditions and reduced visibility along mountain roads.

At least one vehicle is stuck in the snow at the Bear Valley Dam and a rock fall has been reported on Highway 330 at the 5,000-foot level near Fredalba. There is also a report of a hit and run collision on Highway 18 at 13 Curves partially blocking the roadway. A report of a vehicle over the side of the road is also being investigated.

According to the California Highway Patrol a multi-vehicle traffic collision occurred on Highway 18 near Santa’s Village in the Running Springs area. Another traffic collision was reported near Children’s Forest in Arrowbear on Highway 18 where an elderly female was reported struck by a car around 3:33 p.m.

The band of showers is expected to bring heavy snow to the mountains. Big Bear Valley is under a winter storm warning until midnight Friday, Dec. 7, above 6,000 feet.

Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches between 6,000 and 7,000 feet, and 6 to 12 inches above 7,000 feet are predicted.

R-2 chain restrictions means that all vehicles must have chains except those with four- or all-wheel drive and snow tires on all four wheels. All vehicles must carry chains.

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