(Victor Valley) – Strong gusty winds kicked off the St. Patrick’s weekend with reported gusts of 60 mph in Apple Valley, 54 mph at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, 45 mph in Hesperia, and 51 mph in El Mirage.
There were several reports of power lines down including lines down in Apple Valley and in Oro Grande that caused a closure of National Trails Hwy at Vista. A traffic collision occurred on the Mesa near Peach and Hinton where a car ended up against a power pole. The roads were closed while crews cleaned up the mess.
Southern California Edison reported there were over 13,000 customers without power in the southland, including 76 in Hesperia, 295 in Adelanto, and many more in Lucerne Valley.
Then the rain moved in, reportedly heavy at times. 0.44 inches were reported in Hesperia, and a third of an inch in Victorville. Wrightwood started seeing snow before 10:00am with chains required for snow and slush conditions on Hwy 2 near Desert Front Rd. Chains are now required for travel in the mountains, along Hwy 18, SR-330, Hwy 138 and on the 38.
The rain tapered off by mid afternoon over most of the Victor Valley. But snow was expected down to 2000 feet overnight, moving in after midnight.
The National Weather Service in San Diego issued a winter storm warning for the mountains above 3000 feet. Snow showers will continue through this afternoon. Snow accumulations of two to six inches are possible above 3000 feet, six to 12 inches above 4500 feet, with one to two inches expected above 6000 feet.
Snow showers will gradually decrease late this afternoon and evening, with lingering showers possible through Monday.