WEATHER CAUSES TRAFFIC WOES: SNOW ON I-8, 78 & 80, FLOODING ON 94, 125, & LOCAL ROADS

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February 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) 10:05 a.m. -- Snow is completely covering the freeway at I-8 from State Route 94 in the Crestwood area, CHP has just announced.

 

Numerous hazards are also present on many other major freeways and roadways.  East County and inland San Diego traffic hazards include:

Highway 94 is flooded at the Daley Ranch Dip near Jamul Estates. “Unaware drivers are speeding through and risking their safety and others, as the water is deep enough to cause hydroplaning,” the Deerhorn Valley Antler warns in an alert posted moments ago.
 

State Route 125 is flooded on the northbound side near Highway 94.

 

Snow is clogging Old Highway 80 in the Campo area.
 

In Alpine, vehicles are stuck in heavy snow on Willows Road, awaiting tow trucks.
 

CHP has requested that the County bring out flood signs for Lakeside Avenue between Channel and SR-67, where the westbound land of Lakeside Avenue is completely flooded one foot deep.
 

An overturned truck on Montezuma Valley Road in Borrego has been stuck in snow for several hours, just off the roadway, while emergency workers wait for the weather to clear enough to remove the vehicle.
 

A vehicle traveling on Highway 78 at Orinoco has become stuck in snow.

Chains are required on Sunrise Highway at Mount Laguna, on Mount Palomar, and on the Montezuma Valley Road into Borrego.

In Julian, motorists stopping to put chains on vehicles near Pine Hills Road about a mile outside of town are causing a hazard.

 


 

Fallbrook / Bonsall / De Luz / Murrieta Area. Sandia Creek is flooded. 

The following are CLOSED due to Flooding
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Sandia Drive at Rock Mtn crossing
- DeLuz Rd north of De Luz Murrieta Rd at the crossing
- DeLuz Murrieta north of DeLuz to the County Line, 4 crossings
- 5th Street in Rainbow end of Old 395 at the dip
- North of 5th in Rainbow at the dip

Flooding and mudslides are reported at various locations elsewhere in the Fallbrook/Bonsall/DeLuz areas, the County's emergency website reports.

In El Cajon, a collapsed retaining wall and fences were reportedly blocking lanes on Emerald Grove Avenue shortly before 10 a.m.
 

A flash flood warning remains in effect for low-lying areas throughout San Diego County, where heavy rains are forecast through tonight.  In the mountain areas, snow is down to the 3,400 foot level this morning and predicted to drop to 2,000 to 2,500 feet by tonight.

 

Motorists are advised to avoid mountain travel during the storm if possible and to carry chains, a shovel, food and blankets if you must travel in theses areas today or tonight. 

 

FREE Sand & Bags at these locations:
• Valley Center, CAL FIRE Station 73: 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road.
• Valley Center, CAL FIRE Station 70: 16971 Highway 76.
• Julian, CAL FIRE Station 50: 1587 Highway 78.
• Ramona, CAL FIRE Mount Woodson Station: 16310 Highway 67.
• Fallbrook, North County Fire Protection District, Station 4: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive
• Dulzura, CAL FIRE Station 30 at 17304 Highway 94.

 

The County has set up an emergency page with updates on the storm:

http://sdcdpw.org/emergency

 

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Comments

Interstate 8

It has been opened back up. The snow started to melt off here in PV but it is snowing pretty good again now.

Interstate 8

is now shut down at japatul road until plows get there and chains are now mandatory past east willows per CHP website..also no plows have been through Pine Valley at this time..Pretty sure not old 80 either..