USA — Forest officials urge people who are planning trips to the local mountains and forests to exercise extreme caution as the National Weather Service has forecast significant snow and rain for the coming week.
Visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest could encounter ice, mud, rock slides, washouts, flash flooding, slippery road surfaces while driving and enjoying recreation during the next several days, forest officials said. Deep snow and heavy rainfall are also expected.
The Applewhite Picnic Area and Campground in Lytle Creek will be closed Monday, and while the rain continues, until it is safe to re-open to the public, according to a statement from John Miller, a national forest spokesman.
The weather service forecast for significant amounts of rain may create dangerous conditions in coastal areas where recent wildfires have reduced vegetation.
The public is also strongly discouraged from hiking in or around creek areas due to potential for high waters, rock slides and debris flow.
Visitors should also expect forest service roads to be closed due to flooding and snow in many areas. For the latest road conditions, call 800-427-7623 800-427-7623 or visit online at www.dot.ca.gov
Forest officials advise:
Check weather and road conditions before you hit the road.
Carry snow chains and know how to install them.
Bring warm clothing, such as jackets, hats, gloves and appropriate footwear.
Pack extra food and drinking water, a first aid kit, shovel and flashlight with fresh batteries. Leave a copy of itinerary and trip details with a family member or friend.
Remember, cell phones are helpful but do not work in many mountain areas.
Do not drive across creeks or flooded roads where water is deeper than 6 inches. Water that is one foot deep can float vehicles, and two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles.