SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diegans returning home from their holiday weekend may face snow and gusty winds in the mountains north of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, the National Weather Service advised Saturday.
A cold front approaching Southern California will bring snow tonight to the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 north of L.A., NWS forecasters said. The road could recieve enough snow for ice to form, prompting a closure, said forecaster Bonnie Bartling at the NWS office in Oxnard.
"The (snow) levels could possibly be between 3,500 to 4,000 feet -- but it could effect traffic on the I-5," said National Weather Service weather specialist Bonnie Bartling.
A fast-moving Pacific winter storm was heading down the Central Coast at midday Saturday, and was expected to hit mountains north of L.A. tonight.
Although rain is forecast to move out of the L.A. basin by dawn Sunday, clouds and precipitation are expected to linger in the mountains all day.
Motorists traveling the over Tejon Pass, the 4,144-foot summit of Interstate 5 near Grapevine, can expect gusty winds and blowing snow effective tonight, and lasting through Sunday.
"You get these winds that blow up (snow) from the ground effecting your visibility," she said. "Drive with caution and be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility."
Bartling also said winds will also be dominant along the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway.
The winds will be westerly 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour," she said. "With all the gusty winds coming, there is a possibility of dust and snow in the Antelope Valley.
"I'm not sure the coast will have any wind advisories, but we may be putting them out in the valleys," Bartling said. "We do have advisories in the mountains."
Further east, forecasters said they do not expect much snow in Cajon Pass, the summit on Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and the Inland Empire.
"The big thing is to check with Caltrans to see if it (the Grapevine) will be closed or not," Bartling said. "If you have snow it's going to slow things down."
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