Snow Removal

Snow removal operations are part of the County road budget which is financed through our share of State allocations from gasoline sales taxes and vehicle registration fees. Over 2,800 miles of County roads must be maintained throughout the year with these rather limited funds.

The necessity for serving mountain area residents in a comparatively short, but devastating snow season can seriously affect the road maintenance program for the entire County. We ask your patience and understanding during these times.

Remember that the snow operators make multiple passes to fully open the roads.  The following is the progression of the openings:

  • Passable: Less than 8" of snow on road. Open to travel with properly equipped vehicle. (Chains on all drive wheels.)
  • Open:  Plow has made at least one pass on road.
  • Clear:   Plow has made at least two passes on road. Plowed to maximum width to allow two-way traffic.

Please wait until at least two passes before shoveling your driveway and when shoveling, shovel from left to right as you face the street. 

During large events, primary roads are first priority over secondary roads. The first course of action during these large events is to open primary roads with one pass, to provide access for emergency personnel. Full width and secondary roads will be completed within 48 hours.

Cinders are not placed on every road and are not a substitute for cautious driving, chains, snow tires, and properly equipped vehicles.  See “Snow Removal Guide” below for further information. 

Snow Removal 1 Snow Removal 2 Snow Removal 3 Snow Removal 4

Clear and widened

Second pass

One pass - snow on ground

One pass -  snow melted

Snow Removal Guide
Snow Removal Video
Snow Removal FAQ
Snow Plowing Routes

Big Bear Lake
Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks, Barton Flats, Oak Glen
Lake Arrowhead
Phelan, Piñon Hills, Oak Hills
Running Springs
Wrightwood, Mt Baldy, Lytle Creek, Devore

*Note: The snowplow maps display general primary and secondary routes. The routes are subject to change based on weather conditions.

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