Forecast

SAN BERNARDINO

Today: Sunny, with a high temperature near 60 degrees. Winds at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high temperature near 67 degrees.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high temperature near 70.

ONTARIO

Today: Areas of frost before 10 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high temperature near 58 degrees.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high temperature near 66 degrees. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high temperature near 70 degrees.

VICTORVILLE

Today: Sunny, with a high temperature near 50 degrees. Winds at 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high temperature near 56 degrees. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high temperature near 60 degrees.

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS

Today: Sunny, with a high temperature near 39 degrees. Wind chill values as low as -15. Winds at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high temperature near 49 degrees. Winds around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high temperature near 51 degrees.

Source: National Weather Service

Photo Gallery: Black ice

Freezing, windy weather iced over roads and tipped over a tractor-trailer on Monday, while triggering crashes and forcing road closures on freeways throughout the Inland Empire.

Black ice caused about a dozen vehicles to crash on the E Street off-ramp at the northbound 259 Freeway between 8 and 9 a.m. in San Bernardino.

"One of our officers went by it, and when he almost went down, he called it in and had it closed," said California Highway Patrol Officer Leon Lopez.

The first crash was reported at 8:08 a.m. and two more followed, including one collision involving seven to eight vehicles. At least one person was taken to a hospital, Lopez said.

Caltrans spokeswoman Shelli Lombardo said high winds blew sprinkler water onto the road and the temperatures froze the water, creating the black ice.

"It's a rare occurrence," she said.

Crews shut off the irrigation system until the cold snap is over, she said.

Subfreezing temperatures also led to icy roads in Redlands.

City spokesman Carl Baker said crews worked through the weekend, spreading sand on canyon roads, Citrus Avenue at Judson and Lincoln streets and Palo Alto Drive near Country Club Drive.

At least four weather-related car crashes were reported in the city, Baker said.

Frost was seen Monday morning on University of Redlands orange groves. Several orange growers in the area took preventive measures to keep their crops safe over the weekend.

But it wasn't just cold. It was windy, and that caused problems for drivers.

The National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning for the Inland Empire to last until early this afternoon.

Forecasters expected winds at 15 to 30 mph and gusts as high as 55 mph.

The sprinklers which created the black ice.
The sprinklers which created the black ice. (LaFonzo Carter/Staff Photographer)
Gusts higher than 65 mph could blow below the Cajon Pass and northwest portions of the Inland Empire.

The top wind speed for San Bernardino on Monday was 36 mph. Ontario saw 33 mph winds and Rancho Cucamonga peaked at 44 mph, according to the NWS.

In Ontario, a tractor-trailer tipped over on the transition road between the southbound 15 Freeway and the eastbound 10 Freeway at 9:39 a.m. Monday.

The semi blocked all lanes, forcing the closure of the off-ramp.

The tractor and trailer were eventually dragged off the freeway without being uprighted.

Traffic was moving in both directions around 1 p.m. Monday, according to the Caltrans website.

Winds have caused power difficulties for residents as well.

According to Southern California Edison's website, more than 200 customers throughout the valley were without power.

As of 6 p.m. Monday night, 186 customers were without power and it was unknown at that point when it would be restored, according to the SCE website.

Things will defrost and calm down a bit moving into the week. Forecasts say by Friday high temperatures will be around 73 degrees.

Staff Writer Doug Saunders and Kristina Hernandez contributed to this report.


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