Drivers stay overnight at Grapevine due to wind

Posted at 7:44 PM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 03:20:22-05

Signs were posted Sunday night recommending drivers with trailers or campers do not drive over the Grapevine.

Winds at the peak of the Grapevine hit nearly 70 miles per hour. The conditions were too dangerous for anyone with a camper or trail to travel across.

A wind advisory for Kern County was issued and is in place until Monday morning at 4AM.

The advisory stopped some drivers in their tracks, they chose to stay at the base of the Grapevine for fear of being blown over. 

“We’ve drove a truck for 20 years and when they say high winds, they mean high winds and it isn’t worth going in this trailer," said David Marshall who was traveling to Camp Pendleton.

Debris piled up at fences. Signs were knocked over and flags were steadily waving all around the area.

The roads were heavy with traffic as many travelers headed home from the New Year's holiday.

            CHP reminds drivers to be extra careful and anyone with high profile vehicles, such as semi trucks, are asked to slow down and stay in one lane. 

Dale Friedemann who parked over night to avoid the wind had advice for anyone traveling over the Grapevine with a trailer or camper. 

"Just stay where you are don’t try to go over that pass because if you get blown over  why it’s history, that’s no good." said Friedemann.

Although the drivers who chose to park overnight will miss the strong winds, they may run into wet weather when they hit the road on Monday. 

Multiple storms are scheduled to hit the area throughout the week.