(Victor Valley) – A cold winter storm from the Gulf of Alaska moved into Southern California and the High Desert overnight, dumping rain on the Valley and snow in the mountains. Strong winds preceded the storm, gusting to 45 mph across the area.
The rain was falling heavily this morning making for a challenging drive for commuters. A flood advisory was issued for the area earlier, but has since expired. No significant flooding was reported. However the California Highway Patrol has at least one lane closed on the 15 freeway north in Baker due to flooding.
The Cajon Pass was not affected by snow, but rain made for slick conditions and contributed to several traffic collisions during the morning commute. No long term closures were reported by the CHP.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in San Diego reported preliminary rainfall totals of 0.34 inch for Victorville, 0.18 inch in El Mirage. Wrightwood received 0.76 inch of rain with one to two inches of snow reported. Running Springs had reports of 7 to 9 inches of snow, with areas near Big Bear reporting up to 13 inches of new snow.
Mike Watkins, meteorologist with the NWS, said, “We aren’t done with the rain just yet. We’ll see showers tapering off late into the afternoon. The rain is moving from the southwest to the northeast, so there is still some rain in store for the area.”
A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the mountain areas through this afternoon. Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches above 6000 feet, with a dusting to 4 inches between 4000 and 6000 feet are expected.
This system is expected to move out of the area overnight. There is still a 20% chance of rain and overnight lows will be in the low 30s. Then a series of weaker systems are forecast to move through the area possibly late Friday night, then again on Sunday. Watkins said they are still working on the forecast, but he said it looked like Saturday night had a better chance for more rain.