WINTER WEATHER WATCH: Series Of Storms Expected This Week

WINTER Weather Watch
Weather in the mountain communities during the coming week is expected to start off sunny and end with a series of winter storms. (File Photo)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Mountain Communities – Residents of the mountain communities can expect a series of winter storms to pass through the region starting Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

NATL WEATHER SRVThe first storm system is expected to bring night snow after 10 p.m. Wednesday with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour.

In all, four systems in the forecast may have a significant impact on the mountain communities including heavy rain and snow, chain controls, gusty winds, heavy fog, mudflows and flooding, thunderstorms and possible power outages.

If the forecast proves true, Caltrans and San Bernardino County personnel will be kept busy from Wednesday through next weekend. In fact, the National Weather Service is calling for very hazardous travel conditions on mountain roads and possible impacts on travel on I-15 through the Cajon Pass.


WINTER Roadways
Motorists should always carry chains, warm clothing, emergency supplies, food and drink when traveling in the mountain communities during winter storm conditions. They should also have a full tank of gas. (File Photo)

The National Weather Service forecast shows a second storm moving into the mountains Thursday with the chance of precipitation set at 100 percent.

Snowfall is in the forecast at the 5,000-foot level and “very heavy” snowfall is expected at the 6,000 foot level with five to nine inches possible.

On Saturday, the third storm moves quickly through the area with snow showers likely. The storm is expected to deliver windy conditions possibly causing problems for high profile vehicles.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for the strongest storm system to roll into the mountains Sunday and Monday with snow levels dropping to the 4,000-foot level or below.

Chain installers are independent contractors and generally charge anywhere from $20 to $40 to install chains. Motorists are advised to carry extra cash should they decide to have chains put on their vehicle at established chain control locations. It is not safe to stop in traffic lanes to install chains. (File Photo)