(Victor Valley )– Rain and snow fell across the High Desert Monday night, including ¼ inch of snow in the Victorville area and trace amounts reported in Apple Valley. Freezing rain and snow were reported by the CHP in the Devore area on the 15 at the 215 causing several traffic collisions. Snow caused drivers to chain up for their travels into the local mountains. Chains are required on all mountain highways, including HWY 2 into Wrightwood, SR 138 from the Silverwood Lake area up into Crestline, Hwy 18 from San Bernardino, all the way across Rim of the World Highway into Big Bear, and for Hwy 330 coming up from the Highland area into the town of Running Springs.
The Big Pines area just west of Wrightwood reported five inches of snow by 9:00pm. Snow was also reported in the Phelan and Pinon Hills areas. County Road crews were called out to put down cinders on Lone Pine Canyon Road, Sheep Creek, and several other major roadways to help drivers navigate the snowy and icy conditions.
In Los Angeles County Interstate 5 through the Grapevine was shut down until 5:30pm by the CHP due to snow.
The National Weather Service in San Diego reported that the snow level lowered to 2000 feet in some areas overnight. Temperatures dropped well below freezing, but conditions are expected to improve today as the storm moves east. Temperatures are expected to stay well below seasonal averages.
The rest of the week looks to be generally fair and dry except for a small chance of some light rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning, along with gusty winds in the mountains and deserts. Fair and warmer by the weekend.