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San Jacinto Mountain Visitors Urged To Carry Chains

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RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Travelers planning to visit the San Jacinto Mountains Sunday will need to carry chains, the California Highway Patrol said.

The agency set up chain control along State Route 74 just below Mountain Center due to icy road conditions.

Saturday night’s storm brought less than two inches of snow in the San Jacinto Mountains, Meteorologist James Thomas of the National Weather Service said.

“Idyllwild saw primarily flurries with no accumulation, but we did get reports that the ground was covered with icy, frozen patches,” Thomas said.

Similar frozen conditions existed in the Cajon Pass area of Interstate 15 early Sunday, but caused no crashes, a CHP dispatcher said.

The cold storm dipped temperatures into the 30s throughout much of the Inland Empire, but brought little to no rainfall in the deserts and valleys.

“Riverside County saw only .05 inches to about a tenth of an inch of rain,” Thomas said, adding that all wind advisories for Riverside County have expired.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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