Some Inland evacuations, road closures remain overnight as a precaution
By Gail Wesson
Heavy rains abated Tuesday night after pounding the Inland area, but some mud and flood-related road closures, snow chain requirements and evacuations remained in place as a precaution.
A flood advisory expired at 6:45 p.m. and a National Weather Service flash flood watch for the Inland valleys expired by 10 p.m.
Nevertheless, Corona city officials kept a mandatory evacuation in place overnight for residents of about 150 homes south of the 91 freeway in the Sierra Del Oro neighborhood.
The area is adjacent to September’s Canyon fire burn area, and city officials expressed concerns about potential debris flows.
There remained a 30 percent chance of snow showers overnight in the Big Bear Lake mountain area, and a 20 percent chance of showers in communities like Corona, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
But by Wednesday morning, cloudy skies are expected to give way to sunshine in the mountains, and mostly sunny skies in Inland valleys.
Late Tuesday night, the only mountain road that still had snow chain restrictions was Highway 18 from the Heaps Peak dump to the junction with Highway 330 in Running Springs in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Caltrans recommends motorists who plan to drive in the mountains to carry tire chains. Drivers should check chain requirements and current conditions before they venture into local mountains on the Caltrans Quickmap .
After a day of boulders, mud and slides that disrupted traffic on some roads, some routes remain closed until daylight. They include Highway 138 between Summit Valley Road and the 15 Freeway, according to Caltrans.