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SoCal mountains get snow as rain subsides

November 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Higher elevations will bear the brunt of the winter storm headed toward Southern California, with as much as 1.5 feet expected in some mountain areas. If clouds survive, snow levels could drop as low as 3,500 feet, which is low enough to impact the Grapevine, and the Gorman area is expected to receive anywhere between 2 and 4 inches of snow.

Motorists are not required to install chains on their vehicles up to Running Springs, but chains are required on the way up to Big Bear - on Highway 18 as well as Highway 330 and Highway 38 about 9 miles west of Onyx Summit to 7.5 miles west of Big Bear Dam.

Also, chains are required on Big Pines Highway and Route 2 - the roads linking the Antelope Valley to the Mountain High ski resort in Wrightwood, which also got some snow overnight.

The storm largely cleared by midmorning, and the National Weather Service canceled its winter storm warnings for mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura countied at 9:30 a.m.

Though the snow is welcomed by snow boarders and skiers, many say they still want some more fresh powder.

"We got a little bit of snow and we're really looking forward to a lot of snow overnight. Hopefully, they'll get the artificial snow blowing," said snowboarder James Kozak.

Slick conditions caused problems on the roads. More than 300 accidents were reported on Los Angeles County roads on Saturday.

With the second system moving in, officials warn that road conditions are only going to get worse.

Caltrans officials say they have new tools to help keep the Grapevine open, so they hope to have fewer closures this year.

Along with the powder in the mountains, rain swept through much of the Southland for the second day in a row.

In Hollywood, the predawn downpour overwhelmed drains and caused flooding in some roadways.

Mud and construction debris had washed into an intersection in Hollywood at Deronda and Mulholland drives, just below the Hollywood sign.

More than two inches of rain fell through the weekend in the Station Fire burn areas in La Canada Flintridge.

Other measurements totaled up over the past two days include 1.69 inches at both San Gabriel Dam and Castaic Dam, 1.34 inches at Santa Anita Dam, 1.3 inches at Sepulveda Canyon and 1.02 inches at Monte Nido, in Malibu Canyon.

The heavy rains mostly kept to the a.m. hours, but it lasted long enough to increase the number of morning freeway and highway crashes by a factor of 10.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 275 crashes occurred in Los Angeles County between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., compared to about 27 crashes in the same period a week prior.

The National Weather Service said scattered pockets of clouds and rain might sweep through Los Angeles through Monday morning and may bring periods of intense rain.


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