STORM in San
is alerting motorists that rain and possibly snow have been forested
for the Inland Empire region, including mountains and deserts.
The National Weather
Service has predicted that “Strong westerly winds over the mountains and
deserts will create difficult driving conditions in some areas later today
through tonight, especially for high profile vehicles through the passes and
along the mountain slopes and foothills into the deserts. Showers will make for
slick roads in many areas tonight, and possibly November 3rd, Tuesday
night. Snowfall is possible, mostly above 6,500 feet in the San Bernardino
Mountains. The highest peaks could see several inches tonight but most roads
should not be impacted with accumulating snowfall”.
are some helpful tips if you plan to travel during the storm:
• Plan ahead – check travel/chain control at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.
• Listen to local traffic reports before you get on the
road--expect delays--add travel time.
• Have a full tank of gas.
• Make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Bring chains
for mountain travel and check wipers, tires, lights and brakes to ensure they
are working properly.
• BRING CHAINS IF TRAVELING TO MOUNTAIN AREAS. Always have
your cell phone, water, snacks, sturdy shoes, gloves and warm clothing, flash
light, kitty litter (for traction), shovel, ice scraper for windshields.
• Do not go around closure gates or barricades.
• Follow instructions from Caltrans staff, law enforcement
and emergency responders
• Never pass vehicles/equipment working on the roadway.
• If you approach standing or rushing water – never try to drive
or walk through it. • 12 inches of water can float a car and two feet can carry
an SUV or pickup away.
• Reduce your speed, leave space between vehicles, and drive
• If conditions become too difficult for driving – pull over
to a safe location and wait until conditions improve.
• Be prepared for emergency situations that may close State
• Caltrans maintenance crews will be on a 24/7 schedule
during the storm working to keep the roadways open and safe for the motoring
Please have patience and alert to all your surroundings!
Visit our web site at www.caltrans8.info and sign up for
COMMUTER/MEDIA E-MAIL ALERTS. View traffic/chain conditions at
http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caltrans8.