in the San Bernardinos
January 4, 2019____ California Department of Transportation
(Caltrans) District 8 is alerting the traveling public that the National
Weather Service (NWS) is predicting rain and snow in Southern California
beginning Saturday, January 5th through Sunday, January 6th. Snow elevations will possibly drop to the
4,000-foot level which will affect all mountain regions in Riverside and San
Bernardino counties, including the Cajon Pass and Mountain Pass on Interstate
15 (I-15). Road conditions will be icy in areas that are affected by snow.
Maintenance Crews are preparing state highways for rain and snow. The mountain
and pass regions will be preparing the highway in advance of the storm with
deicing agents. Snow plows and other equipment are ready, and staff will be
working 24/7 during the storm event.
Motorists on the
mountain roads are advised to avoid travel during storm events and to SLOW DOWN! Chains
will be required in mountain areas. Remember to bring chains even if it not
snowing due to sudden weather changes.
Winter driving tips can
be found at http://dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html
information can be found at http://dot.ca.gov/cttravel/chain-controls.html
Mud and debris flows are always possible during
heavy rain events.
Recent burn areas such as State Route 38 through Forest Falls/Mountain Home
Village (Valley Fire), State Route’s 74 and State Route 243 in Idyllwild and
Mountain Center (Cranston Fire), and State Route 74 and Interstate 15 in
Corona/Lake Elsinore (Holy Fire) are areas of concern.
Evacuations and road closures may be possible on
state and local highways due to debris flows. Desert regions are also
subject to mud and debris flows. Mountain regions typically experience rock
fall activity during and after storm events.
For emergency information
in Riverside County go to: https://www.rivcoready.org/
and San Bernardino go to: https://www.sbcfire.org/Programs/ReadySetGoFlood.aspx