Winter storm causes Cajon Pass closures, flooding

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Snow piled almost 2 feet high borders the edges of Highway 74 to Mountain Center just above the 3,000-foot level Saturday, Nov. 30, following the near record breaking snow and rainstorm on the San Jacinto Mountains. The snow is nearly melted by Monday, Dec. 2, but more rain and snow is predicted. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A strong winter storm that arrived in the Inland Empire Christmas night generated rain and snowfall Thursday, forcing the closure of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass and flooding other roads farther south, in Riverside County. The National Weather Service extended a winter storm warning to 6 a.m. Friday as inclement conditions persist throughout the region, disrupting travel. According to the NWS, as of 2 p.m., the Riverside metropolitan area had received roughly an inch of precipitation, while French Valley Airport near Murrieta had recorded just under an inch and Palm Springs International Airport had received about three-quarters of an inch. The Banning Pass had recorded more than an inch of precipitation, but some of that was frozen, in the form of snow, accor
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