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Drivers deal with high winds in Inland Empire

February 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
After a blast of cold, rainy snowy weather in Southern California, high winds slammed the Inland Empire on Thursday.

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Some places like Fontana saw gusts around 60 mph. Drivers, especially those in high-profile vehicles, were warned to take it slow on the road and watch out for downed trees and power lines.

Truck driver Lucian Coleman was forced to pull over because he blew a hose coming up the hill.

"The force of the wind and trying to apply more speed with the throttle, even though I'm doing 35 or 40 mph, that wind is really strong," Coleman said.

A high-wind advisory is in effect below passes and canyons of San Bernardino and Riverside County until 1 p.m. Friday.

Meantime, skiers and snowboarders are happy about the fresh snowfall in the mountains. The latest storm dropped at least four inches of new snow on Mountain High. Big Bear also got some much-needed new snow after a relatively dry winter for Southern California ski resorts.

Drivers headed to the mountains Thursday are required to bring snow chains. Two school districts - Rim of the World and Bear Valley - canceled classes for the day.

See photos of snow across Southern California.