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Showers, possible snow in local mountains

November 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Big changes are coming in our weather in Southern California, with temperatures dropping and showers headed our way.

The Cajon Pass is a regular trouble spot when bad weather moves in and snow is possible on the summit on Friday. At the very least Caltrans is expecting to see a lot of rain.

On Thursday the weather was just fine, and it was the same story at even higher elevations. At Jackson Lake, it was a cool, crisp autumn day.

"Nice and quiet and peaceful, you couldn't ask for a better day," said Wrightwood resident and fisherman Terry Bottorff.

Bottorff knows the weather can change quickly in the mountains.

"Up here the weather changes so fast, one day it will be 90 degrees and the next day it'll be 50," said Bottorff.

The thought is that there might even be a little snowfall in Wrightwood.

"I'm good to go, one way or the other," said Wrightwood resident Dan Lunham. "I've lived up here long enough, they keep the streets in good repair. If there's a lot of snow than I got to shovel, I'll hire somebody."

But when Lunham was reminded that on Wednesday they were dealing with red flag conditions in Southern California, any precipitation is welcome.

"Obviously the more precipitation, the easier it is to deal with any of these fire hazards," said Lunham.

Snowfall wasn't something a group of hunters was expecting. But with tents and plenty of food, they have to be ready for anything.

"It's part of the deal here, you're outdoors, you're in the forest," said Carson resident Jonathan Garcia. "Like they say, you got to be prepared here, but kind of exciting."

Even though local residents are excited for the potential snowfall, skiers and snowboarders shouldn't be too hopeful. It most likely isn't late enough in the season for resorts to open.

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