Interstate 5 Open over Grapevine–Mt. Pinos Open for Snowplay

  • Cuddy Valley Road just east of the Mil Potrero Highway split. All roads from Pine Mountain, through Cuddy Valley and Frazier Park to Interstate 5 were in excellent condition Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. The snow gate on Mt. Pinos Road (leading up to the Mt. Pinos) was closed, however. Check back for updates.

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    Cuddy Valley Road just east of the Mil Potrero Highway split. All roads from Pine Mountain, through Cuddy Valley and Frazier Park to Interstate 5 were in excellent condition Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. The snow gate on Mt. Pinos Road (leading up to the Mt. Pinos) was closed, however. Check back for updates.

  • View of Walton's Mountain which was made famous in the 1970s television show The Waltons. Shot from Cuddy Valley Road at 7:30 a.m., Feb. 19, 2011. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]

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    View of Walton's Mountain which was made famous in the 1970s television show The Waltons. Shot from Cuddy Valley Road at 7:30 a.m., Feb. 19, 2011. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]

UPDATE FRAZIER PARK, CA (Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at 5:59 p.m.)—A storm is predicted for this weekend. Here is the National Weather Service prediction for the next few days.

Friday: Snow. High near 40. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 10 to 13 mph increasing to between 19 and 22 mph. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Friday Night: Snow showers. Low around 19. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 21 to 24 mph becoming west northwest 9 to 12 mph. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. West northwest wind between 8 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. West northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 53.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Thursday: A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 6000 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

UPDATE FRAZIER PARK, CA (Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at 11:53 a.m.)–Current conditions: snowing lightly in Frazier Park with a temperature of 36 degrees F.

UPDATE FRAZIER PARK, CA (Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at 11 a.m.)–Mt. Pinos Road which leads to the snowplay area near the top of Mt. Pinos, is open. See driving directions below. Up to several inches more snow is predicted for today by the National Weather Service.

FRAZIER PARK, CA (Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.)–A winter storm left about 3 inches of snow overnight in Pine Mountain and is estimated to have left 8 to 12 inches at the Mount Pinos snowplay area. Interstate 5 is open over the Grapevine. The road to the Mount Pinos snowplay area was closed at 7:30 a.m. today. Check back at this web page for updates on road conditions and access to snowplay areas.

To reach Mount Pinos, travel north on Interstate 5 about 60 miles from Los Angeles and exit at Frazier Mountain Park Road. Turn left (west) and go 12 miles. At the Mil Potrero Highway split, take the left fork onto Mt. Pinos Road. If the snow gate is open, drive about 9 miles to the top where you can park in the parking lot and access the snowplay areas around the parking lot. There is a Nordic Ski Patrol (Nordic Base) facility where you can purchase hot chocolate and snacks.

A note from the publisher—Help Support the Local Businesses:

While you are enjoying the snow, stop in Frazier Park (only 5 minutes west of Interstate 5) or drive down Mil Potrero Highway to Pine Mountain (only 5 miles west of Cuddy Valley) and have lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants in the area. Gift shops are also open for business.

Like what you see? Why not stop in and speak with one of the area real estate agents? In Pine Mountain Village you’ll find Pine Mountain Realty, Mountain Properties, All Seasons Realty, Alpine Village Realty and Jennings Realty. Ask about vacation cabin rentals and home sales. In Frazier Park you can stop at Frazier Mountain Real Estate on Mt. Pinos Way, as well as All Seasons Realty and Mountain Properties, both at the entrance to town, on Monterey Trail. In Lake of the Woods, Grapevine Real Estate is on Lockwood Valley Road.

Have you recently purchased one of the many fantastic properties available on the mountain? Maybe it’s time to speak with a general contractor about building your dream cabin this summer. See the Business Directory in the print edition of The Mountain Enterprise. Subscribe online now at http://mountainenterprise.com/subscribe.php

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This is part of the February 18, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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