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Storm brings snow to Antelope Valley

December 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
It was cold and damp in the Antelope Valley on Monday night, where temperatures plummeted and snow fell.

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Clearing the roads before the snow piles up, crews were out in force ready for everything the storm may bring.

At one park and ride lot near Palmdale, the fresh white powder quickly coated everything in sight.

The storm Monday didn't hit as hard as many suspected.

Nearly two weeks ago, hurricane-force winds ripped apart trees and knocked down power lines. Streets are still littered with debris in places like Pasadena.

Los Angeles County Public Works crews have been working 12-hour shifts and in the rain to clear the debris left behind by the windstorm.

"It slows us down a little bit because of course the weather is going to make things a little more hazardous, but everything is moving right along," said crew supervisor Rick Olguin. "Rain doesn't stop us."

According to Department of Public Works workers, it could take six to eight weeks to clear all the debris in Pasadena and other San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods like Sierra Madre.

"It all takes time to get done and there's all there is to it," said Pasadena resident Warren Glupker. "There's nothing you can do instantly."

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Residents were asked to pile up branches and leaves on the curbside, away from storm drains. Officials fear that the rain will wash debris down the drains, clogging them and causing flooding.

"We don't want flooding, so we're asking residents to double check, make sure if they have a storm drain in front of their property in the curb, make sure that that tree debris is not blocking the storm drain, otherwise we're almost guaranteed to have flooding on some streets," said Pasadena spokesperson Ann Erdman.

Olguin said residents should avoid parking close to debris so their cars don't become time-consuming obstacles for workers.

Some residents are also concerned about leaks due to roof damage from toppled tree limbs.

The rain also created dangerous driving conditions. The following roadways may see some visibility and snow issues Monday night into Tuesday:

  • Interstate 5 at Grapevine
  • State Route 14 at Soledad Canyon Road
  • State Route 138 in the Antelope Valley
  • State Route 33 in the Ventura County mountains
  • Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass

In Orange County, the storm had an impact on tourism. While some theme park visitors braved the rain, others were turned away.

Knott's Berry Farm was forced to close because of the inclement weather.

The Disneyland resort stayed open.

"We went over across the street and got some ponchos and we're fine," said Amy Saxowsky of North Dakota. "This is great, better than snow. Rain is not going to stop us."

This week's storm was expected to bring up to an inch of rain in the Los Angeles-Metro area, Orange County, Inland Empire and valleys.

A winter storm warning was issued for the local mountains until Tuesday afternoon. It's expected to bring a lot of snow to the area.

Up to 10 inches of snow was expected in mountain levels above 5,000 feet. Snow levels were expected to drop early Tuesday to 2,500 feet.

Sunshine is in the forecast for Wednesday.

See photos of wind damage across Southern California.

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