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Weather to pose challenges for commuters

I-15 closure postponed a day due to storm

VICTORVILLE • With snow in the forecast Tuesday night, many Interstate 15 commuters are bound to be affected by the upcoming storm.

A winter weather advisory and high wind warning remain in effect throughout Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Up to 2 inches of snow are possible locally as the snow level will fall to 2,500 feet or lower tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

“Expect snow accumulations even in portions of the upper deserts and foothills of the mountains,” wrote Western U.S. Expert Meteorologist Ken Clark in his AccuWeather blog. “Several of the high sections of I-15 from Victorville to outside of Primm will receive snow and even accumulating snow that can cause icy travel.”

Cajon Pass commuters are bound to encounter “some sizable amounts of snowfall” today, according to Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga.

Kasinga said Caltrans will respond to the threat of extreme weather conditions by activating a summit command post staffed 24 hours a day with a crew that will monitor storms.

“I heard it will get close to 6 to 12 inches (of snow) above the 5,000-foot level,” Kasinga said, reminding commuters they should check www.caltrans8.info for updates on road conditions.

The scheduled I-15 freeway northbound closure for the La Mesa/Nisqualli Interchange project in Victorville will be postponed because of the extreme weather, according to an announcement from San Bernardino Associated Governments public information officer Tim Watkins.

Watkins said the roadwork originally scheduled for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning has been pushed back one day. Crews will close northbound lanes at Bear Valley Road on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Watkins said the closure is needed to remove a temporary support system that holds the concrete of the bridge in place until it is fully cured and weight-tested. He explained that the extreme weather conditions pose safety challenges to construction crew members while performing “falsework” for the Nisqualli overpass.

“This activity entails closing the freeway to put dirt down on the surface, and removing timber and steel as part of the original support system there,” Watkins said, noting that crews would need to clean all work and debris off the highway each night. “Regarding the weather and safety of our people, we just don’t do that activity on the project when the temperature is cold and roads are slick.”

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