Breaking News:CHP Escorting On The Cajon Pass Update (5:35 PM)

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley) Snow is already falling on the Cajon Pass, which means delays in travel. Bad news is, it looks like the worst is yet to come.

Cal Trans Spokeswoman Terri Kasinga spoke with High Desert Daily regarding this fast moving storm and its effect on the highly traveled Cajon Pass this gloomy Monday. She stated that CHP escorts are already in effect and are the only way to travel up and down the pass. In regards to what the escorts entail, Kasinga commented, “What they do is CHP escorts usually follow behind a Cal Trans plow, and the CHP will run a string of cars behind to plow to get people in and out.”

Kasinga didn’t have a definite number on the snow that has already fallen, but she does see it as getting worst as the day progresses. “I don’t know if it’s in inches yet, but I am sure it is already starting to build to one or two inches. It’s probably going to get pretty heavy tonight.”

When it comes to the delay for commuters in the High Desert, Kasinga stated, “I would say at least 30 minutes, maybe longer. It will get longer as the day goes on into the commute hours and then it will be a substantial delay. Our advice right now, is when it gets like this, is not to travel through the Cajon Pass or up and down from the High Desert if you don’t have to.”

High Desert Daily will keep you posted on any new information on this December snowstorm.

(Victor Valley)- – Caltrans District 8 is currently under storm patrol.  Below are current conditions and what to expect throughout the impending storm.

All Mountain Routes

All routes to the San Bernardino Mountains, Wrightwood, and Idyllwild are under chain control (R-2).  There is a chance that conditions may go to R-3 tonight, so be prepared and bring chains.  SR 2 between Vincents Gap and Islip Saddle (west of Wrightwood) closed today until spring 2012 (weather/damage dependent).

Interstate 15

I-15 in Cajon Pass is currently under CHP escort.  Be advised that road closure may occur if accidents or weather conditions warrant.

I-15 in the High Desert may experience snow.  Be advised that this section of I-15 may also go to escort status or closure in the event of accidents or heavy snow tonight.

I-15 in Baker and Mountain Pass does not currently have snow fall, however, it is expected for this evening.  If snow becomes heavy, be advised that closure of the route may take place.

Interstate 10

I-10 through Banning/Beaumont/Yucaipa may have snowfall this evening and become subject to CHP escort.

For road conditions and updates go to IE511.org.  Chain control updates may be found at the website below:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist8/tmc/index.htm#

CHAIN CONTROL REQUIREMENT LEVELS:
R-1: Chains or snow tread tires required.  Snow tires must have a tread depth of 6/32” with a

“M & S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.

R-2: Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels.  Four wheel drives must carry chains.  If you have four-wheel drive—engage it.  Use the “4-high” range only.  Use “4-low” only if your vehicle becomes stuck.
R-3: Chains required – ALL VEHICLES – no exceptions.

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