VICTORVILLE — The High Desert drew the short end of the stick with a recent low-pressure trough that moved across Southern California, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Brett Albright.
The system brought as much as four inches of rain throughout the mountains, Albright said, but the High Desert saw just traces of precipitation, with a tenth of an inch measuring in as the high mark for the area.
“It was mostly a wind event for the High Desert,” Albright said.
Earlier this week, a meteorologist told the Desert Dispatch the low-pressure system would likely bring strong winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high of 50 mph, along with frigid temperatures. The freezing temperatures are on their way, according to Albright.
Saturday is expected to see a high of 49 degrees with a low of 25 degrees in the evening. Sunday will see an expected high of 51 degrees and low of 27 degrees. Monday’s highs will be in the mid-50s and nighttime temperatures will dip into the low-30s.
Authorities received multiple reports in the San Bernardino Mountains of heavy rockfall due to rain, prompting Caltrans to caution motorists to avoid mountain routes if possible until the storm subsided.
The first report of rocks in the road came a little before 4:30 a.m. in the area of Highway 173 and Hospital Road. Authorities received a report of a large boulder in the southbound lane of Highway 330 at Dollar Curve just before 6 a.m.
California Highway Patrol traffic logs showed there were at least six vehicles with flat tires Friday morning due to large rocks in the road on Highway 18, just south of Crestline Bridge.
One person reported their vehicle was struck by a boulder on Highway 18.
No injuries were reported due to the rockslides, according to Arrowhead CHP spokesman Juan Quintero.
“We did have one major threat near Arctic Circle, with a 6-foot boulder,” Quintero said. “But Caltrans removed it. We didn’t have any road blockages as a result as traffic was able to flow around the hazards. If you are coming to the mountain areas this time of year, make sure you are prepared and have chains in your trunk. That is a requirement from November to April because these roads can get really icy and there are plenty of times we require chains on tires to drive on these roads.”