The following is a water quality report for beaches in wet weather from Dec. 8, 2012 to Jan. 8, 2013 compiled from data courtesy of Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental group.
Surfers: A WNW-NW windswell/groundswell will be fading throughout the weekend. Waves are expected to be in the 1-3 foot range and conditions will be poor to fair.
Beach grades are based on an A+ to F scale. Grades indicate the likelihood of swimmers becoming ill. Water samples are analyzed for bacteria – enterococcus, total and fecal coliforms. The report does not measure the amount of trash or toxins found at local beaches.
Dark Blue Marker = A+
Light Blue Marker = A
Green Marker = B
Yellow Marker = C
Pink = D
Red Marker = F
Purple Marker = No sample taken
*Note: Grades for Long Beach beaches were last taken Dec. 18.
Big Bear Mountain received 3-5 inches of snow on Thursday. The coverage is "great" on the open runs and the snow depth is 24-36 inches, according to the resort snow report. Temperatures have been cold, so bring extra layers.
Mammoth Mountain received 8-inches of new snow on Thursday. The snow depth on the slopes is about 120 inches and all 150 runs are open. The high is expected to be about 10 degrees Fahrenheit on both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday will be sunny with a high of 57 and a low of 38. Sunday, the high will be 61 with a low of 38, according to the National Weather Service. Winds will be light at about 5 mph on both days.