High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley)—Caltrans and CHP have begun using escort vehicles through the Cajon Pass, while all local mountain routes are now requiring chains. Commuters are asked to drive safely as road conditions are expected to worsen during the day.
The escorts now in place begin at Cleghorn Road and end at Oak Hill Road according to Caltrans spokeswoman Terry Kasinga.
A cold winter storm has moved into the Victor Valley this afternoon bringing rain and mountain snow to the area. There were reports of rain starting to fall around 12:30pm in Apple Valley. Wrightwood started seeing snow before noon. The California Highway Patrol started escorting traffic through the Cajon Pass at 12:30pm as heavy rain and snow starting falling on the I-15. Also an accident was blocking the left lane on the I-15 south before Kenwood causing heavy delays.
Chain control has been issued for the mountain areas – chains are required in the Wrightwood area on Hwy 2, Hwy 330 into Running Springs, and Hwy 18 into the Lake Arrowhead area.
The National Weather Service in San Diego issued a winter weather advisory that is in effect from this afternoon to 10am Thursday for the San Bernardino County Mountains, including Wrightwood and the I-15 through the Cajon Pass. As much as 4 to 6 inches of snow are possible above 3000 feet this evening. Light accumulation of snow is possible between 2500-3000 feet this evening.
Gusty west wind will accompany this storm this morning through evening: 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph through this evening. By early tomorrow morning winds can gust to 60 mph.
We will bring you more updates on this story.