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Weekend storm brings snow to lower elevations

February 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
There have been all kinds of weather Saturday, everything except thunder and lightning.

The California Highway Patrol has shut down the 5 Freeway in both directions at Lake Hughes Road along the Grapevine. Due to poor driving conditions, it'll remain closed til further notice.

Due to snow and icy road conditions, the following roads within the Station Fire area are closed to all traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles and residents: Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2); Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Big Tujunga Dam to Angeles Forest Highway; and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Once roads can be made safe for travel, they will be reopened.

Wintry conditions could potentially affect Highway 14 across the Antelope Valley with 1 to 2 inches of snow overnight.

Meantime, the San Fernando Valley was hit hard by heavy downpours, flooding stretches of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City Friday night.

Out in Glendale, Pasadena and Tujunga there were brief hail showers Saturday morning. And Burbank residents saw snow for the first time since 1949.

In Arcadia Santa Anita Canyon Road has been closed due to the storm unleashing a mudslide Friday night.

Chantry Flats was one of the several lower elevations in southern California that received a layer of snow Saturday.

To make matters worse, the storm toppled a tree in Reseda and blocked Hart Street just west of Reseda Boulevard.

In North Hollywood, a parking lot looked more like a lake in Cold Water Canyon on Sherman Way. It was a similar picture in Van Nuys where standing water on roadways made for a very hazardous drive.

This storm has also left thousands without power. Southern California Edison said power is out for about 3,500 customers. About 1,800 of those customers are in communities in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The company is working to restore electricity, but there's no estimate on when power will return because there are access and safety problems to deal with, due to all the snow.

The Department of Water and Power said it has no reported outages.

As of Saturday morning, much of the widespread rain was lingering near the leading edge of the cold front over Orange County, where flash flood warnings were still in effect until about noon Saturday.

The cold and unstable conditions behind the front may bring on thunderstorms in some of the northern areas Saturday night. It will also be cold and windy Saturday night into Sunday.

Much of Los Angeles County saw approximately 1 inch of rain from the coastal sections up to the foothills overnight Friday. The rainfall rate in the burn areas was up to about .5 inch of rain per hour, but the heavy moisture has since eased off - but not before leaving 2 to 3 inches of rain by Saturday morning.