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Drivers dodge small rock slides on Highway 18 in San Bernardino Mountains

By in Press Enterprise on January 9, 2018

By Nikie Johnson

Several rock slides have been reported Monday night on Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains, where a winter storm warning is in effect.

About 7:45 p.m., someone called 911 to report rocks as large as 1 foot in diameter were covering a lane of the 18 just west of Rimforest, according to the California Highway Patrol incident log.

A few minutes later, motorists in the Arctic Circle area farther to the east reported that several boulders were in the road, and that vehicles were hitting the rocks.

Both incidents had been cleared up by 9 p.m., the CHP log indicated.

  • Related: Strong storm expected to drench Inland freeways, bring snow to ski resorts

Rainfall totals in the mountains up to that point ranged from about a half-inch to 1.8 inches, according to National Weather Service data. Heavier precipitation is expected Tuesday, and by the time the storm moves out Wednesday, the mountains could receive up to 6 inches of rain below the snow line, 2-8 inches of snow at elevations above 5,000 feet and up to 18 inches of snow in the highest peaks, the weather service is predicting.

The storm is also bringing strong winds with gusts to 65 mph in the mountains late Monday through Tuesday.

Authorities across Southern California are concerned about flooding and debris flows, especially in and below areas were wildfires burned away the vegetation that holds soil in place.

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