A trip through the Grapevine could be tough overnight into Tuesday, with freezing temperatures, reports of light snow and power out on some offramps.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service reported temperatures dropping to 24 degrees at the 5,000-foot level in Frazier Park. Though the snow was light, it was sticking to Frazier Mountain Park near Interstate 5.
Strong northerly winds are expected to pick up in the mountains and foothills of Ventura and Los Angeles counties through the night and into Tuesday, with gusts blowing up to 40 mph, weather officials said.
The winds will hit Interstate 5 through the Grapevine but will probably not make it into the valleys, said David Sweet, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Oxnard.
“We’re expecting another system to move into the region” late Monday through Tuesday morning, according to Scott McGuire, a NWS meteorologist based in Reno. “It’s not a big storm or anything, particularity compared to what we saw in the last couple of weeks.”
Up to 6 inches of snow is expected higher up in the Sierra. No significant winds are expected with this storm system.
“It’ll be a quick, cold moving kind of snow event,” McGuire said.
The Lake Tahoe region is expected to be clear by New Year’s Eve, with a high of about 30 degrees and a low of about 16 degrees. In Monterey and the Bay Area, a cold front this weekend helped break record-low temperatures. Oakland Airport recorded a low of 30 degrees Sunday, which broke the 1956 record of 31 degrees.
“Usually this time of year, we have temperatures in the mid-40s to upper-40s,” NWS meteorologist Larry Smith said in Monterey. “So it’s pretty darn cold for us.”