Frazier Park residents on winter storm warning: It's overdue

Frazier Park, Calif., is seen on Jan. 8, 2018. The California Highway Patrol warns about strong winds, fog and black ice as the first big winter storm of the season hits. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Kristen Powers)

The first big winter storm of the season is hitting Kern County.

The Grapevine is seeing gusty winds, heavy rain and fog. Mountain areas like Frazier Park also expect to get snow.

"I'm looking forward to it. I like the snow," resident Bonnie Luther said. "It's overdue, we need a lot more of it."

California Highway Patrol officials in Fort Tejon said their goal is to keep the Grapevine open, but they are monitoring the road conditions closely.

"We're starting to get concerned about freezes," said Richard Anthes, Fort Tejon CHP spokesman. "If it gets windy and it's cold and it's wet outside, ice can form immediately."

The CHP is also urging drivers to slow down, increase their following distance, and avoid driving near big rigs, campers and motorhomes.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is offering safety tips and telling people to plan and prepare for the winter storm in case the power goes out.

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