By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victor Valley) – A cold storm from the north dropped into Southern California on Wednesday bringing with it gusty wind, rain, and snow to the mountains and the High Desert. Snow levels dipped as low as 3000 feet by mid afternoon. Thunder and hail was also reported to the National Weather Service.
The Cajon Pass saw snow and fog, causing the California Highway Patrol to run escorts for a short time along the I-15. There were a few accidents reported, one that blocked the left lane on the 15 south before Kenwood for about 30 minutes.
Chains were required in the mountain areas, including along Hwy 2 into Wrightwood, Hwy 138 into Crestline, Hwy 18 into Crestline and Lake Arrowhead, and Hwy 330 into Running Springs. By 6:00pm the CHP received reports that the roads into Lake Arrowhead were impassable due to snow.
There were many traffic collisions reported across the Victor Valley, including one on Hwy 2 at Desert Front Road. The highway was closed in both directions while emergency crews extricated two people from one of the vehicles involved.
While snow was expected to continue overnight in the mountain areas, the fast moving storm was moving south out of the area. The NWS forecasts snow will continue over the mountains as the tail end of the storm wraps around the mountains. Winter storm warnings remain in effect through this afternoon. The High Desert may see more snow this morning as snow levels are forecast to remain relatively low, around 3000 feet.
Strong gusty winds will keep the Victor Valley cool and the mountains cold tomorrow, according to NWS. A high wind warning is in effect for the mountains with wind possibly gusting 50 to 60 mph below passes and canyons.