Powerful Storm Could Bring Snow to the Cajon Pass

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif.(VVNG.com)– The past 24 hours have brought along not only freezing temperatures but also plenty of rain. You won’t want to put away your rain coats or umbrellas just yet.

The National Weather Service has forecasted an “energetic storm system” expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds, and snow to the region beginning Friday at 4:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. Sunday.

Friday evening snow levels are expected to start at 6,000-7,000 feet. By Saturday morning they will lower to 3,500 feet and down to 3,000 feet by the afternoon.

Snow accumulations above 7,000 feet: 12-18 inches; 6000-7000 feet: 8-12 inches; 5000-6000 feet: 6-10 inches; 4000-5000 feet: 3-6 inches; and 3000-4000 feet: 1-3 inches. “This may bring accumulating snowfall along Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass,” according to San Bernardino County Fire.

Winds gust of 45-60 mph will reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less under heavy snow and fog. Drivers should take extra precaution on all roadways; avoid flooded areas, and drive defensively.

A flash flood watch has been issued from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Residents are urged to prepare for possible mudslides and strong debris flow in recent burn areas.

Flash flooding is likely in flood-prone low-lying areas with poor drainage. debris flows are possible in the recent burn areas including the “blue cut” and “pilot” burns scars in San Bernardino county. Highway 38 below the “lake” fire burn scar may also experience debris flows.

San Bernardino County Fire would also like to remind the public that sandbags are available at all County Fire stations.

Those traveling to snow elevations should be prepared with snow chains and emergency supplies if needed.

48-hour precipitation storm totals as of 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 (source NWS).

  • MOJAVE FORKS DAM 1.51 2449
  • DESERT KNOLLS WASH 1.48 2808
  • ADELANTO 1.39 2896
  • HESPERIA 1.37 3580
  • MEANS LAKE RAWS 1.03 2900
  • HELENDALE 0.86 2428
  • LUCERNE VALLEY 0.65 3035

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