​Caltrans Rule of the  

  San Bernardino Mountain Roads   

  State Routes 38  *  18  *  330  

Snow plows began the tedious work of clearing snow from homes and roads as early as possible.  

PHOTO Courtesy of Russell      

By E T Russell __   

Wednesday January 6, 2016 REPORTS

Socalmountains.com reports –

WED JAN 6, 2016, 1:44 PM 

INLAND EMPIRE, San Bernardino County 


For south-eastern Orange County in South-western California, in Southern California Riverside County in Southern California, in Southern California northwestern San Diego County, in Southern California until 4:30 PM PST - - at 1:30 PM PST - - Doppler Radar depicted a large area of heavy rain across the warned area in the Inland Empire and northwest San Diego County.  

FLASH FLOODING will likely begin shortly in dry washed and urban areas.

Burn scar areas will potentially develop debris flows.

Rainfall rates of 0.50 to 0.75 inches per hour are occurring in the heaviest downpours. Some locations that will likely experience flooding include: Riverside, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley,Oceanside, Carlsbad, Temecula, Vista, Mission Viejo, Redlands and San Clemente.  

Wednesday Morning UPDATE:

According to National Weather Service the Mountain Communities are experiencing the third day of 6-Day Storm System. All San Bernardino County personnel, Sheriff and Dyeputies, California Highway Patrol, City of Big Bear Lake Public Works, private snow removal companies, utility/power companies, plus individual workers met the storm head-on, making travel as much as possible, on Tuesday. Early this (Wednesday) morning they went back to meeting  Winter’s download, head-on.

TODAY, the NWS reports that in Southern California the El Niño Episode/Storm will be a severe storm system to move in this afternoon. Winds of excess of sixty (60) miles per hour will have a combination of heavy rains with thunder and lighting.

NWS Reminder:

Remember, if you can hear thunder; you are close enough to be struck by lightning!



A shift in the main storm track is expected to finally take place early next week. This is more typical of the storm track during an El Niño episode in which the main storm track is aimed at southern California and Arizona. A series of storm systems is expected to work across the area during this time frame. As stated above, confidence is low in the exact timing and strength of these storm systems as well as exact precipitation amounts and snow levels. -

January 4th Monday Morning-Monday Night

● First storm system possible.

January 6th Wednesday

More down-pour predicted today    

Tuesday-Wednesday ● Likely to be a bigger precipitation event for the entire area compared to the Monday system. ● May be one defined storm or two separate systems, thus precipitation could be spread out over a longer period or in shorter breaks. -

Before 7:00 A.M. Tuesday January 5th

Caltrans District 8 declared State Route 18, in the San Bernardino Mountains required all vehicles, except 4-wheel vehicles with snowtires on all four wheels; from 5 miles north of the junction of State Route 330 to the Big Bear Dam.

SR-18 (in the Southern California area) is closed at the Los Angeles – San Bernardino County line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through May 31, 2016, due to construction.  A detour is available.