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Road closures happening due to flooding


Last updated 2/4/2019 at 3:21pm

Update: Feb. 4, 3:15 p.m.

By 2:30 p.m., the County of Riverside Transportation Department had reported the closure of Temescal Canyon from Indian Truck Trail to Horsethief Canyon Road due to flooding. Temescal Canyon from Trilogy Parkway to Glen Ivy Road was closed at 2:55 p.m., also due to flooding.

Snow in Riverside County Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains, along with 40 mph winds in the mountain passes, could create hazardous conditions on the roads, meteorologists said.

According to the National Weather Service, as temperatures plunge Tuesday night, frozen precipitation could materialize down to 2,500 feet, impacting the Anza Valley and other gateway locations to the San Bernardino Mountains, including Banning-Beaumont.

In Riverside County, motorists were advised to be prepared for travel restrictions or mandatory snow chains in multiple locations.

Corridors most likely to experience winter weather are:

-- Interstate 10 between Banning and Yucaipa;

-- state Route 79 between Beaumont and San Jacinto;

-- state Route 60, in the Badlands, between Beaumont and Moreno Valley; and

-- all mountain routes between Hemet and Palm Desert, through the San Bernardino National Forest.

Areas affected by the storm in the San Bernardino Mountains will have chain installers available during chain control periods, according to Caltrans.

Original story

RIVERSIDE - A final storm system is expected to dump moderate rainfall and snow on Monday, Feb. 4 in the Inland Empire, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the San Bernardino Mountains and the Riverside County Mountains that remains in effect through 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Snow levels will be around 5,500 feet today then drop to around 2,500 feet by Tuesday night, NWS meteorologist Miguel Miller said.

"Very heavy snow is expected to fall near the top of Mt. San Jacinto,'' Miller said. "Snowfall totals through Tuesday night are expected to be between six inches and a foot above 6,000 feet and between one and three feet above 7,500 feet.''

The snow along with gusty winds in the mountain passes could create hazardous conditions on the roads, Miller said.

Intermittent showers will begin this morning and remain through Tuesday night, according to the Weather Service.

The Riverside metropolitan area and Lake Elsinore are expected to get up to six-tenths of an inch of rainfall today while the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning could see up to 1.2 inches, meteorologists said. Up to 1.6 inches of precipitation is forecast for Idyllwild and less than one-tenth of an inch is expected in the Coachella Valley.

The scattered showers will remain in the Inland Empire until Tuesday night and the storm cell is expected to exit the region by Wednesday morning, Miller said.

Jeff Pack contributed to this story.


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