Hey B4U, The route on the Ortega Highway always has to be taken with much caution. But, sometimes it is not enough. The “mountain shadow” curves will be very slick, with possible ice, while the road looks sunny and bright. It is also looking to be very cold. We were in the Breckenridge Mountain area on Caliente Bodfish Road leading to Lake Isabella. The sun was out and with some snow on the hillsides, it looked to be a good drive to Lake Isabella. The road was dry and clear. There were some blind spots that had ice on the road. The shadow from the hillside caused some anxious moments going slowly, but still the curves and the icy conditions made us go off into a ditch. Our El Camino's right rear tire fell into the ditch, while I was able to keep the front on the road. Ortega Highway has the same winter sun and blind curve “mountain shadows” causing havoc, so be careful. Jnaki This morning, the snow has covered the complete mountain ranges from San Bernardino Mountains all the way to past the Angeles National Forest to the West. With the coming rain predicted to be hitting the coast and the rest of So Cal on Monday, it will bring more snow to those higher elevations, above 4000 feet. So, snow will be somewhere on the hillsides and slopes for days. It will be a cool New Year’s road trip, but cool could turn into cold and freezing… 122719 Locally, the Saddleback Mountain range got covered again with more snow than last month. Whatever the route, the title will be to paraphrase Steppenwolf: Get your "JACKETS" running "Head out on the highway Lookin' for adventure And whatever comes our way…"