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Rain prompts emergency lane closures on I-15 freeway Monday morning in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The rainy weather has prompted emergency lane closures along the north and southbound I-15 Monday morning in Hesperia.

The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) closed at least one lane between Joshua Street and Ranchero Road on both sides of the freeway.

The reason for the closures is the rainfall may result in pockets of flooding that could cause vehicles to hydroplane.

Rain prompts emergency lane closures on I-15 freeway Monday morning in Hesperia

Additionally, motorists are reporting heavy rain along with thick fog between Oak Hill Road and Highway 138 in the Cajon Pass.

The National Weather Service San Diego (NWS) has issued a Flood Watch Advisory in effect from 9am – 9pm Monday for all areas.

According to the NWS, widespread moderate to heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms will develop Monday morning with the probability of heavy rain during the morning and evening commute home.

Snow levels generally look to remain above 7000′ until late Monday night, when they will fall as low as 6500′. Gusty winds will be possible with the precipitation as well, with the strongest winds occurring from the late morning through the afternoon.

The emergency lane closures will be lifted when the dry weather returns to help keep motorists safe as they travel along the I-15 freeway.

Hydroplaning can be a dangerous situation, especially when driving in wet or rainy conditions.

Here are some tips on hydroplane safety:

  1. Reduce Speed: Slow down when driving in wet conditions. Hydroplaning is more likely to occur at higher speeds.
  2. Tire Maintenance: Ensure your tires have adequate tread depth. Worn-out tires are more prone to hydroplaning. Consider replacing tires if the tread is worn down.
  3. Rotate Tires: Regularly rotate your tires to promote even wear. This helps maintain better traction on wet roads.
  4. Proper Tire Inflation: Keep your tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires reduce traction and increase the risk of hydroplaning.
  5. Avoid Cruise Control: Do not use cruise control in wet conditions. You need to have full control over your speed, and cruise control may lead to unintended acceleration.
  6. Drive in the Tracks: Follow the tracks of the vehicle in front of you. This can help you avoid deeper water and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
  7. Avoid Puddles: Steer clear of standing water, puddles, or areas of the road where water accumulates. Hydroplaning is more likely to occur in these areas.
  8. Smooth Driving: Avoid sudden movements, such as sharp turns or quick acceleration or deceleration. Smooth driving helps maintain better control over your vehicle.
  9. Brake Carefully: If you need to brake, do so gently and early. Sudden or hard braking can lead to loss of control.
  10. Stay Alert: Pay close attention to the road conditions. Be aware of your surroundings and adjust your driving accordingly.
  11. Use Quality Tires: Invest in good-quality tires designed for wet conditions. Tires with special tread patterns for rain can help improve traction.
  12. Remember that prevention is key when it comes to hydroplaning. By following these tips and adjusting your driving behavior in wet conditions, you can reduce the risk of hydroplaning and enhance overall road safety.

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