Roads across southern California are closed as strong winds and snow hit the region overnight. Parts of Insterstate 5, the state’s north-south access, were shut-down stranding thousands of motorists on mountain passess and roads, according to the California Highway Patrol. People traveling to other areas over the weekend trying to make it home safely found themselves delayed in traffic for several hours, sometimes as many as 12 or more hours.
A National Weather Service statement said “The snow will continue to have a serious impact on all travel into or through the mountains overnight and Monday” and advised that people traveling in the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley or into the mountains should keep a close eye on weather conditions.
The service also mentioned that waterlogged hillsides could mean major mudslides or flash floods in the future, although none are predicted at the moment. Snow was predicted to fall at elevations of 1,500 feet. Scattered snow was predicted in the L.A. Basin, and winds of 15-25 mph will continue. According to news reports, Tuesday resulted in a warming, temperatures rising to the 60′s.
I hope people will avoid driving during bad weather, and take extra precautions during snow storms to avoid a car accident.