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Late spring storm rolls through Southern California

May 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A late spring storm is rolling through Southern California, and some residents are welcoming the cooler temperatures before the summer heat strikes.

Rancho Cucamonga resident Timothy Bullin said the rain may extend his commute to work, but on the flip side, he doesn't need to worry about watering his flowers due to Mother Nature.

"I grew up back in the South, so I enjoy a break in the weather like this," Bullin said.

The steady overnight rain affected traffic for Bullin and many other Southlanders as well.

The slick conditions triggered an accident in Glendale, where a driver lost control and flipped the vehicle on the 134 Freeway near the San Fernando Boulevard exit. Luckily, no serious injuries were reported.

On the westbound 10 Freeway in Ontario near Holt Boulevard, a vehicle veered off the side of the road and into an embankment.

Drivers said they're taking extra caution on the roads.

"Because we don't get rain often, people tend to forget that conditions change, so I try to be mindful and be defensive during this time," said Rancho Cucamonga resident James Hall.

Light but steady rain was expected to linger throughout most of Wednesday. In addition to the rain, wind advisories were in effect for most of Southern California including downtown L.A., L.A. County mountains, the Ventura County coast and the Antelope Valley. The advisories were slated to last until about 9 p.m.

The rain-making system was expected to move out of the area by Thursday, making way for some sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s. However, some light drizzle may hit SoCal again by Sunday and into next Monday.

The May storm is also bringing snow to the mountains. Approximately 1 to 2 inches of snow was expected to fall at about the 5,500-feet level with temperatures in the high 30s for the high country.

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