Get Informed: What to Expect Tuesday On The Cajon Pass

A Train faces the Snow along the Cajon Pass. Photo Courtesy Westcoastrailforums.com.

By Nolan Patrick Smith

Staff Writer

High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The snow continues to fall on the Cajon Pass, but how does Tuesday look for commuters?

High Desert Daily spoke with Cal Trans Spokeswoman Terri Kasinga once again Monday evening. Kasinga gave us an update as to what to expect tomorrow. As of Monday night, Kasinga stated that “We’re expecting the storm to taper off a little bit right now and pick up again later tonight. We are expecting snow throughout the night and in to tomorrow, conditions will be pretty much what they have been all afternoon. Hopefully we don’t get any road closure because of it.”
Though the snow is obviously a huge factor, it is not what Cal Trans is most concerned about at this time. “I think as long as we have rain, we’re going to have snow up in the higher elevations. We’re going to continue to have chain control and escorts depending on ice. Ice is a bigger concern for us right now.”
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.”

If anyone is traveling to or around the mountains, take caution: “If you’re going anywhere in the mountains, bring your chains because your going to need them.”

High Desert Daily will keep you posted on any new information as we receive it.

CALTRANS UPDATED HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

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:
R1: 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.

R2: 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.
R3: Chains required – ALL VEHICLES – no exceptions.

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