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Powerful winter storm expected tonight; snow a possibility in Cajon Pass

Snow elevations will dip down to 2000 feet by Tuesday morning

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A powerful winter snowstorm barreling towards Southern California is expected to have a ‘major impact’ in our area including the Cajon Pass here Monday.

The first major storm of the season will move into our area this evening and will have an impact on the Tuesday morning commute for motorists along the I-15 freeway.

Snow accumulations are predicted to fall down to 2000-2500 feet by Tuesday morning with snow even possible through the Cajon Pass, according to the National Weather Service.

The latest weather forecasts are predicting the mountain community of Wrightwood will receive 8-12 inches of snow, with the heaviest overnight tonight and periodic snow showers Tuesday. Local strong winds will bring gusts 40 to 50 mph near mountain crests.

“Travel along the 15 freeway through Cajon Pass and Interstate 8 in the San Diego County Mountains will be hazardous late tonight and Tuesday. Motorist traveling during the storm are advised to prepare for snow-covered roads, reductions in visibility, and to use caution while driving,” stated the NWS in a Facebook post.

The California Highway Patrol – Victorville Division confirmed that as of now, they have no plans to close the I-15 corridor along the Cajon Pass.

“The storm has the potential of low-level snow and I haven’t  seen anything longterm in the forecast,” stated CHP officer Michael Mumford. “Cal Trans will be on standby with plow trucks in the case we will need to either close, or do escorts.”

CHP encourages drivers to plan ahead for inclement weather and offered the following tips:

  • SLOW DOWN. Many crashes are caused by driving too fast for current conditions.
  • Leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead to avoid sudden stops and quick lane changes.
  • Allow plenty of time for travel.  Certain destinations can take longer during the winter.
  • Traveling to the mountains?  Ensure you have the proper tire chains and they’re in working order.
  • Keep your vehicle in good mechanical condition.  Check tires, fluids, and windshield wipers.
  • It’s a good idea to take extra water, food, medications, blankets and warm waterproof clothing.
  • Ensure your cellphone is fully charged and carry an extra battery or charger.
  • Don’t be distracted.  A second of inattention can cause a lifetime of tragedy.
  • If conditions are too dangerous, drivers are encouraged to find a safe location to park their vehicle.
  • Remember to always wear your seat belt and don’t drink and drive. 

Be sure to share your winter storm photos by tagging Victor Valley News on Facebook or using the hashtag #VVNG on Twitter or Instagram.

(source: US National Weather Service San Diego/Facebook)
Here is the updated precipitation forecast for Monday night through Tuesday. (source: US National Weather Service San Diego/Facebook)

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