I just received a news release about the upcoming storm in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties…..PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. I rarely receive such strongly-worded press information from Caltrans so they mean business. Pay attention and pay heed to this information and take precautions to be safe. This is definitely one of those cases of “better safe than sorry” so be smart and accept this information from the state.
The National Weather Service has advised that a strong winter storm is anticipated to reach Southern California tomorrow (Thursday, January 10). Low snow levels, coldest temperatures of the winter so far, and freezing conditions and wind.
Summary: A strong, fast-moving cold front is expected to arrive in southern California early Thursday. This will bring a period of precipitation and rapidly falling snow levels on Thursday. Due to the fast movement, the precipitation amounts will likely be limited but a quick burst of snow should impact mountain passes again and a couple of hours of steady rain and then taper off to scattered showers Thursday afternoon. North winds will follow the storm and be gusty at times Thursday into Friday. THE SNOW LEVEL MAY REACH DOWN AS FAR AS 2,500 FEET.
The lighter cold air mass and lighter winds will create cold overnight temperatures Thursday and Friday nights. Coldest low temperatures for coastal areas and inland valleys/deserts will be Friday night. Wind sheltered areas and mountains will see their coldest temperatures Thursday night and Friday morning.
Snow levels are anticipated to reach down to 2,500 feet in elevation. Low snow levels on passes, windy conditions. The elevation of the Cajon Pass is 3,777 feet. The Big Bear area is at an elevation of 6,743 feet. Wrightwood has an elevation of 5,935 feet. Be prepared! Bring chains with you to the mountains,. It’s a good idea to travel with an emergency kit that includes a sleeping bag or blankets, food, water and medication.
For more information visit: http://www.caltrans8.info to view the Quick Map or dial 511 from your phone.