President, First Lady land in Palm Springs for weekend visit

Road closures announced for President Obama's visit

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - For the third time in just over a year, President Obama will be visiting our desert. This time he will be accompanied by the First Lady.

Air Force One touched down at Palm Springs International Airport around 6:30 p.m. News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 saw the President's motorcade enter Thunderbird Heights in Rancho Mirage.

It's still unclear if the President and First Lady will be staying there for the evening. We're working to confirm that information.

Some roads will be closed to traffic around the airport throughout the weekend.

The following roads will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians:

  • Kirk Douglas Way between Ramon Road and El Cielo Road beginning at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 13, 2014 through 12:00 PM Monday, June 16, 2014
  • Airport Center Drive between Avenue Evelita and El Placer Road beginning at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 13, 2014 through 12:00 PM Monday, June 16, 2014

If you're going to the airport  this weekend, use the main entrance at Tahquitz Canyon and El Cielo Road.

Officials said drivers should also expect brief road closures and minor traffic delays on some roads near Palm Springs International Airport and along the presidential motorcade's travel route.

Residents and visitors can use Nixle for up-to-date information regarding road closures throughout the weekend. 

You can also Register for Community Alerts.

There's no official word on exactly where the Obama's will be staying while in Palm Springs, but News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 have confirmed that they will be staying at a private residence; not Sunnylands this time around.

We also don't know if their daughters will be joining them this Father's Day weekend.

This is the first time President Obama will be here without a diplomatic counterpart. Last June he met with Chinese President Xi Jiping, and about four months ago he talked about the crisis in Syria and the Middle East with Jordan's President, King Abdullah II.

The President will leave the Coachella Valley for a short time during his stay. He's going to Orange County Saturday morning for a commencement speech at U.C. Irvine, and a D.N.C. fundraiser in Anaheim.


Photos of Air Force One as President, First Lady visit Coachella Valley

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