Winter storm brings more rain, snow to Southern California

Southern California residents braced for more winter weather as scattered rain and mountain snow moved into the region. 

According to the National Weather Service, no flooding concerns were anticipated since about only a half-inch or less of precipitation was expected. However, hazardous conditions were expected in the mountain communities. 

Snow hits the mountain communities

By the end of the storm, snow levels were expected to drop to 3,000 feet and mountain passes could get up to 3 inches of snow.

Driving through the mountain passes will be more challenging for motorists on the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine in northern Los Angeles County and on the Cajon Pass on the 15 Freeway in San Bernardino County

On Monday morning, the California Highway Patrol was escorting traffic through the Grapevine. In addition, Highway 14 near Acton and Highway 33 north of Ojai were impacted by the snow.

Snow plows were out overnight in full force in the Wrightwood area as snow began to fall Sunday night. Officials said snow chains will be required for those headed to Big Bear and Running Springs. 

Those traveling through the mountains are advised to keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency. 

Weather Alerts

A Winter Storm Warning was in effect through 7 a.m. Tuesday for the San Bernardino County Mountains, which includes the cities of Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, Wrightwood, and Running Springs. 

A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect for portions of the Ventura County and Santa Barbara County mountains from 3 p.m. Sunday to 3 p.m. Monday, as well as for the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale from 10 p.m. Sunday to 10 p.m. Monday.

School closures

All schools within the Rim of the World Unified School District are closed Monday, Jan. 30 due to weather conditions including heavy snow and icy roads. 

City News Service contributed to this report.