Because the 101 in California never gets too high in elevation, it generally doesn’t get the amount of snow that could force a road closure. Travelers driving between the Bay Area and Los Angeles can take the 101 the entire way and avoid the 5 completely.
The other possible detour, through the Mojave Desert, is not advised for this storm because the weather service is forecasting snow falling in the Antelope Valley foothills, with a chance “there could even be accumulating snow on the valley floor.” With snow levels falling to 2,000 feet, well below the lowest point of the 5 as it winds through the Tenon Pass at an elevation of 4,144 feet, meteorologists warn that snow-covered roads will lead to extremely difficult or nearly impossible travel.
Though many motorists believe the name was inspired by the road’s many curves as it winds through the Tehachapi Mountains, it’s actually traced to the abundance of wild grapes that grew in the area. Early Monday morning, a light layer of snow fell over the Grapevine, leaving the landscape around the lanes of the I-5 Freeway in a white haze.
In the event I-5 is deemed unsafe for passage, CHP and Cal trans have contingency plans in place to deploy personnel to facilitate detours.” Officials with the National Weather Service (News) forecast that the areas on the 5 Freeway could experience up to two inches of snow Monday evening.
“Snow will continue across the mountains above 4000 ft. and could cause some hazardous travel conditions across (the) I-5 Corridor across the Tenon Pass near the Grapevine,” reads a tweet issued by the News Monday morning. The snowfall could result in slower commute times, minor debris flow in burn areas, and even “dangerous wintry driving conditions,” according to the News.
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Drivers taking the 5 Freeway north of Los Angeles into Kern County should note that the Grapevine could see snow early Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this week. The record-setting rainfall was part of a slow-moving storm that unleashed heavy rain across Southern California, triggering a debris flow in the Hollywood Hills and prompting mandatory evacuations in Orange County.
Steady rain had been falling for much of the morning across Los Angeles County when a 40- to 50-foot section of a hillside behind a one-story home in the 2800 block of North West shire Drive in the Hollywood Hills came sliding down shortly before 9:30 a.m. A band of heavy precipitation that moved through Orange County mid-morning prompted officials to announce mandatory evacuations for an area near where the Holy fire burned in August 2018.
During past storms, residents in the area who have been told to evacuate instead typically shelter in place, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. But those who decide to leave their homes and are in need of shelter are being directed to call the county’s Emergency Operations Center Hotline at (714) 628-7085.
The drenching rain, a result of a low-pressure system with a center lingering off the coast of the Bay Area, comes as officials continue to implore Californians to stay home to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Heavy rain will return Tuesday night through at least Wednesday evening, and some areas could see showers Thursday, said Tom Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
The Los Angeles County mountains got an even better soaking, having already received up to 4.65 inches of precipitation by Monday morning, according to the weather service. The weather service also warned of possible shallow debris flows around the areas where the Getty and Saddle ridge fires burned last year.
The Lake Tahoe area, where surveyors with the Department of Water Resources last week measured a lackluster snowpack resulting from a mostly dry winter, could see up to a foot of snow, forecasters say.