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Rain soaks SoCal, creates messy commute

April 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Rain soaked Southern California and made a mess of the commute on Wednesday morning, but most residents said it was much-needed moisture.

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Rain arrived in Ventura County Tuesday night and extended down into Orange County, but it pelted Santa Clarita the hardest.

"I heard it. It woke me up because it was raining so hard," said Riley Hayfield of Santa Clarita.

In Pasadena, an overturned FedEx truck was one of the many accidents on the freeways. An accident on the 210 Freeway backed up eastbound traffic at Sierra Madre Villa for at least three hours. In downtown Los Angeles, a big rig jack-knifed at the interchange of the 110 and 10 freeways.

The April showers brought more than an inch of rain to some communities. But the region needs more rain. The National Weather Service says the rainfall total for downtown Los Angeles is about 50 percent of normal.

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Conditions are expected to dry up by Wednesday night, and the next storm will arrive Friday.

People in the local mountains dealt with the aftermath of some late season snow. Some areas received as much as four inches of snow, overnight and into the morning.

Drivers traveling up and down the local mountains were urged to bring chains. A winter weather advisory will last until 5 p.m. Wednesday in the mountains for Los Angeles and Ventura counties and 6 p.m. for San Bernardino County.

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