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Late-season storm grips the Southland

March 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Parts of Southern California were blasted by wild weather Saturday.Gale warnings were in effect at the coast and in the Inland Empire, and snow fell in the local mountains and the Cajon Pass.

The winds were extremely strong at Dockweiler State Beach near LAX. The winds made ocean conditions very dangerous, forcing lifeguards to keep people out of the water.

In Marina del Rey, 40 miles per hour gusts were reported. Six-to-seven foot breakers were seen all along the coasts of west-facing beaches.

"We stuck our heads outside for maybe five minutes, and it was pretty hairy," said Nik Vale, who was boating in Marina del Rey.

In the mountains of the Angeles National Forest, the late-season storm brought some snow along with heavy winds. The snow level was expected to drop very low Saturday night, possibly to the grapevine and Cajon Pass.

The San Fernando Valley got some rain Saturday afternoon, creating slick roads on freeways.

Hail was also reported in parts of the valley and the Pasadena area.

The chance of rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday night.

 

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