100 vehicles get stuck in snow and ice on Palomar Mountain

PALOMAR MOUNTAIN – Several vehicles in Palomar Mountain State Park and other county mountains became stuck today, January 1, in the frozen glop left over from a passing winter storm.

About 100 vehicles were stuck on Palomar Mountain and could not move because of ice on the roadway, according to persons calling the CHP. County roads crews were already working in the area and several tow trucks with four-

wheel drive were dispatched.

Another caller reported at about 1:30 p.m. that vehicles were stuck in ice on both sides of South Grade Road near Canfield Road and traffic was backed up in the area, according to the CHP. Tow trucks were dispatched to that area

as well.

A crash was reported in the same area about 2:15 p.m.

The storm dropped about 2 inches of snow in some mountain areas over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Lingering snow could cause icy road conditions, NWS meteorologist Tina Stall told City News Service on Monday.

“If you get any melt during the day it could re-freeze again at night, causing areas of black ice, so roads can still be slick,” Stall said.

4 Responses to "100 vehicles get stuck in snow and ice on Palomar Mountain"

  1. Lee   January 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  2. resident   January 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I was up there all day yesterday & the roads were not icy at all.

  3. Anonymous   January 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    The main road up the mountain was not icy, once you passed Mothers toward the observatory the road got really ice. I saw about 5 cars mainly trucks stuck in the ice.

  4. PalomarTom   January 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Please, for the love all that’s holy, prepare yourself before coming up. I saw a family of 8 in flip-flops and t-shirts stuck in the snow for 6 hours, half of them kids under 10 years old. This happens every time it snows. There is no shoulder to park on. You will get stuck. At least bring a blanket and some water.

    Between the motorcycles on sunny days and the unprepared snowgazers, the mountain has become peoples favorite place to wreck their vehicles.


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