Southern California Weather Forecast - Heavy Snow Storm in Mountains and High Desert this Friday and Saturday
(Best Syndication News) - Snow is on its way to Southern California's high desert and mountain areas with the snow level dropping as low as 2,000 to 2,500 feet in elevation. The National Weather Service announced a winter storm warning starting Friday (February 25, 2011) at 6 pm and going through Saturday (February 26, 2011) until 4 pm.
Snow accumulations are going to be substantial. Elevations above 3,500 feet can expect between 8 to 12 inches of snow, and elevations above 5,500 feet can expect between 12 to 24 inches. The heaviest snowfall will occur overnight between 3 am through 5 am. There will also be 20 – 30 MPH southwest winds that can have gusts up to 50 MPH as well during this snow storm.
The first drops of rain and precipitation should arrive around 6 pm. As the temperature drops enough snow will start to fall and could possibly continue into the next day up until around 2 pm. The rain and snow could return around 6 pm and continue in the early hours of Sunday morning, however the amount and chance are less likely.
Areas that are included in the National Weather Service Winter Storm Warning are: Angelus Oaks, Baldwin Lake, Barton Flats, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Crestline, Fawnskin, Forest Falls, I-15 Freeway at Cajon Pass Summit, I-15 at 3500 feet, Lake Arrowhead, Mount Baldy, Mountain Home Village, Oak Glen, Phelan (includes Pinon Hills), Running Springs, Twin Peaks, and Wrightwood.
Areas that is going to be problematic for travel includes at the I-15 Cajon Pass Summit and the I-15 down to 3,500 feet in elevation, which could mean long delays if traveling during this storm. There may be times of zero visibility because of the heavy snow fall and blowing snow along with dense fog. Because of the dangers of traveling during this storm, the National Weather Service recommends avoiding travel if possible during the storm. If you do have to travel they suggest bringing chains, check the road conditions before traveling, and bringing extra clothes and food with on the trip.
BY: N Wilson