By Michael P. Neufeld
UPDATE 3: Tuesday, January 24 – 3:40 a.m.
Mountain Communities – Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol lifted RESIDENTS ONLY restrictions shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.
State highways in the mountain communities may have snow and ice so motorists are advised to slow down and always carry chains.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in six Southern California counties, including San Bernardino County. The others are: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara.
Brown’s office indicated the disaster proclamation would “secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.”
UPDATE: Monday, January 23 – 7:15 p.m.
Mountain Communities – The Inland CHP Division is reporting that mountain restrictions have been lifted.
However, dangerous road conditions still exist in the mountain communities.
UPDATE: Monday, January 23 – 3:20 p.m.
Mountain Communities – Caltrans has released the following information:
The California Highway Patrol has advised that the State Routes (SR) in the San Bernardino Mountains are open to residents only due to the current highway and poor weather conditions.
Residents must have proof of residency and chains before they will be permitted to pass through chain control.
Caltrans is working diligently to clear the mountain highways of stranded vehicles and excessive snowfall. Closures are located as follows:
- SR-18 is closed just above Panorama Point coming up from San Bernardino. *
- SR-18 is closed at Mitsubishi Plant Road coming up from Lucerne Valley. *
- SR-38 is closed at Bryant Street near Yucaipa. *
- SR-330 is closed just above Highland Avenue in Highland. *
- SR-138 is closed at Pilot Rock east of Interstate 15.
Be prepared to chain-up at these locations if you are a local resident.
This does not apply to SR-138 and SR-2 west of Interstate 15.
These closures will remain in effect until further notice.
Mountain Communities – Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol have announced that Highways 18, 330, 138 and 38 are closed to thru traffic allowing only residents with identification to return home.
The duration of the limited closure — prompted by deteriorating weather conditions — was not announced.