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Hundreds of people caught in the snow at Mount Baldy

Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 14:48:24-05

MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (KERO) — It was a flurry of snow and rain on Monday. While many enjoyed the first winter storm of the season hundreds of people felt the wrath of mother nature. Veronica Miracle with our Los Angeles affiliate takes a look.

The first storm of this winter season left drivers on Mount Baldy stuck in the snow Monday night.

The CHP estimated at least 100 drivers or more were stranded on Mount Baldy Road behind multiple vehicles that were stuck near Shinn Road.

Snowplows and tow trucks were called in to assist as officers worked to put up barricades to prevent more drivers from entering the area.

CHP expected the road to remain closed for at least two hours as they worked to clear the jam.

The situation in Mount Baldy mirrored other chaotic scenes around the Southland.

The first winter storm of the year for Southern California caused traffic jams, such as in the Cajon Pass.

In the lower elevations, rain caused major emergencies. Two people were pulled from the water in Santa Ana.

Forecasts call for the storm to clear out by late Monday. Mountain areas should see some clouds in the morning and wind gusts, with temperatures near freezing but no additional snow is expected.

In light of the winter storm that passed over parts of California residents saw a mixture of rain, thunderstorms, and snow. And in Riverside County, several cities from La Habra to La Mirada saw a combination of hail and even snow!

"We had a gust of wind pull in then the storm kicked in. Started pouring. Actually, it started hailing but it was soft. Initially it was soft and it started coming down really thick," explained La Mirada resident Andrew Reyes.

Several people who got to experience the colder side of winter said it was a good break from the pandemic.