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Overnight rain descends on Southland

March 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Rain began falling for several hours Thursday night, with pockets of showers in the foothills and valleys.

Novato in Northern California got pounded with heavy rain Thursday morning. And the storm worked its way down the coast, bringing late-night showers to Southern California.

A quarter to half an inch of rain was expected to fall in the Southland overnight Thursday into Friday. The rain would be fairly continuous heading into the weekend with temperatures in the low 60s. The wet weather is expected to clear out by Sunday.

A big concern is the Pine Mountain Club area in Frazier Park, where they have 4,000 people without power.

But Gorman is pretty pleasant, spring looks like a perfect postcard from a winter wonderland. And there's more on the way.

"In a nutshell a lot more snow we've had from this big storm than we've had for awhile," said Marc Schiffhauer from Bakersfield.

"The snow is absolutely beautiful," said Bakersfield resident Chris Alcock. "It's going to be epic."

The Grapevine is wide open and moving smoothly. The same is true of the Cajon Pass where snow flurries didn't stick overnight.

But plenty stuck in Wrightwood, giving snowboarders and skiers reason to celebrate. The rain was not as fun in the San Fernando Valley. Drivers dealt with heavy rush hour traffic due to Wednesday night's rain, and there's worry with more on the way.

Preventive measures are being taken to stop more mud from sliding into Woodland hills' backyards.

In Frazier Park crews worked on power lines before the next front hits while others look forward to more snow Thursday night.

"It's supposed to rage," said Alcock. "So we'll be up here all weekend."

Enjoy it while you can.

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