An SDG&E employee told me that the ice on the lines weighed approximately 50 pounds per foot. He said they figured that each pole was carrying about 8000 extra pounds.

The biggest storm of the past decade prompted our Palomar Mountain Restaurant, Mother's Kitchen, to close on what would have been a very busy weekend. Here's the news:
Many people on Palomar had been looking forward to snow for a long time. Over the past few years we would occasionally get a few inches. Maybe up to a foot. On Friday, March 10, 2006 it started snowing. By the time that storm was over, people estimated that we had three feet of snow. 50 mile an hour winds were reported so in some areas, drifts were much deeper. It was apparently the deepest snow on the past decade! Because of the heavy snow, ice, and strong winds, trees started falling and branches were braking off many of our oaks especially on the southwest side of the Mountain. Apparently about 8 pm Saturday night, the first oak got a power line. Sunday morning our phones were dead too. 
SDG&E and SBC already had crews on the Mountain anticipating an outage. One worker I spoke with on Sunday morning, had been here since Friday night, and had not been home yet. Two nights--no sleep. Normally, SDG&E uses helicopters to fly over the power lines to see the breakage. But, it was snowing and we were in thick clouds! I was told that linemen were out, walking through the storm and deep snow. They were down below Boucher Lookout, it steep terrain, and along the poles in the State Park to assess the damage. (Those guys really earned their pay!!!)  By early Sunday evening when I checked in again, they had come across three areas when the lines were broken. 
Thanks to the SBC phone company working around the clock, we had our phones on for part of the mountain Tuesday morning! They brought in generators to get phones for the Observatory and the rest of the Mountain until the power came on.
Thankfully it cleared up on Tuesday morning so SDG&E had helicopters flying over to evaluate the extant of the damage and the work needed. I counted 15 vehicles and a snow cat on State Park Road by 8 am with crews going to work for all us - much appreciated! By the end of the next day, everyone had power again. 

An SDG&E employee told me that the ice on the lines weighed approximately 50 pounds per foot. He said they figured that each pole was carrying about 8000 extra pounds.

Thanks to all who helped Palomar Mountain get back to 'business as usual'.

The long hours and extra hard work by SDG&E and SBC was appreciated by all!