Forecast

SAN BERNARDINO

Today: Showers, high 54, low 32
Friday: Mostly sunny, high 49, low of 30
Saturday: high 53, low 32

ONTARIO

Today: High 55, low 32
Friday: High 52, low 32
Saturday: High 52, low 34

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS

Today: Afternoon snow showers, high 37, low 10
Friday: High 32, low 7
Saturday: High 33, low 11

HIGH DESERT

Today: High 47, low 26
Friday: High 43, low 21
Saturday: High 47, low 23

Source: Accuweather


Safety information

sbcfire.org | chp.ca.gov

Get those heavy winter coats ready.

A low-pressure system from the Northwest is expected to move into the Inland Empire today, bringing with it rain, snow and chilly temperatures.

The snow level could drop to 2,000 feet, according to Accuweather.

Strong gusty winds in the San Bernardino Mountains and desert regions are expected to continue through the following week, according to Accuweather.

The inclement weather can be a hazard to drivers, warns the California Highway Patrol.

"We want to stress to drivers to slow down during inclement weather," said CHP Inland Division spokesman Leon Lopez. "Allow time to get where you're going and make sure vehicles are equipped for inclement weather driving."

With the arrival of the cold temperatures, other dangers that can occur.

"Keep clothes, furniture, and curtains at a minimum of 36 inches away from portable heaters and wood burning stoves," said San Bernardino County Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Horton. "Always have a fire extinguisher near when using these heating devices."

Residents should also do regular maintenance on heating devices to ensure they're proper working condition, he said.

Lopez offers some advice for drivers who might encounter a winter weather hazard.

Hydroplaning and black ice are factors motorists need to consider, he said.

"If you hit black ice or begin to hydroplane just remember to remain calm," Lopez said.


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"Don't overreact and (don't)slam on the brakes."

Thr CHP advises drivers to gently tap on the vehicle's brakes and turn into the spin.


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