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.
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.
THE NEXT STORMS
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.