He lives in Southern California, everyone here knows that Big Bear and all the surrounding mountains are covered in snow and has snow storms this time of year.
Fresh snow falls an average of 3.3 days in Big Bear in February. The weather isn't that predictable when you can plan exactly when the snow will start months in advance. His couldn't get the boat to start and went into panic mode. Unless you're going to tell me that he planned on stealing a boat that wouldn't start.