Chilly Weather Forces Angeles National Forest Road Closure

Parts of Angeles Forest Highway and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road will be closed beginning early Saturday morning due to snow and icy road conditions.

View Comments ()
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Ice caked a road in Lancaster on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 as a cold snap hit Southern California and prompted a closure of a major mountain highway over the weekend.

    An 18-mile stretch of mountain road is scheduled to be shut down beginning Saturday as a cold, fast-moving storm that could bring rain and snow is forecast for Southern California.

    Weather Page: Extended Forecast | Severe Weather Alerts | How Cold Is It?: Send Us Your SoCal Weather Photos

    Effective 1 a.m. Saturday, the following stretches of road in the Angeles National Forest will be closed until further notice: 

    • Angeles Forest Highway, between Aliso Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road
    • Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, between Angeles Crest Highway and Angeles Forest Highway

    Because of concerns for driver safety, local access to the roads will not be allowed until the storm system has passed and all roads have been inspected, the Los Angeles County Public Works Department said in a press release.

    A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday as a storm is expected to bring rain to the LA basin and snow to mountains as low as 3,000 feet. the combined snow and wind gusts that could hit 50 mph on Saturday could make travel over mountain passes difficult.

    Through the week freeze warnings were in effect in several areas including LA, San Bernardino, and Ventura.

    Residents looking to get the latest updates on road conditions can visit the DPW CARE website at www.dpwcare.org and follow Public Works on Twitter at @dpwCARE.

    See a map of the closures below: 


    View Mountain Road Closures in a larger map

    More Southern California Stories:

    Follow NBCLA for the latest LA news, events and entertainment: iPhone/iPad App | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | RSS | Text Alerts | Email Alerts