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Grapevine opens; Frost advisories issued

The Grapevine stretch of Interstate 5 reopened on Sunday morning after dangerous driving conditions shut it down over the weekend.

February 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A cool air mass and mostly clear skies were ingredients for a cold, but dry night Sunday in Southern California.

A frost advisory was issued from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday in the San Fernando Valley. Temperatures were expected to drop into the lower 40s in the Los Angeles Basin.

Temperatures were predicted to drop below freezing in the inland valleys with long frost durations. A frost advisory was in effect from 9 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday.

The Grapevine stretch of Interstate 5 reopened on Sunday morning after dangerous driving conditions shut it down over the weekend.

The California Highway Patrol reopened the roadway after temperatures began to rise, defrosting previously icy roadways that made for a treacherous commute for many motorists.

The snow and icy road conditions, closed the following roads within the Station Fire area 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.

Due to the inclement weather, the Rim of the World Unified School District's schools in San Bernardino County were scheduled to close Monday for a snow day, according to a district spokesman. More information can be found on the district's site at www.rimsd.k12.ca.us.

The storm also knocked out power to thousands of Southlanders. As of Sunday morning, about 3,300 customers were without service. About 1,800 of those customers live in the Lake Arrowhead area.

The utility 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.

No outages were reported for Department of Water and Power customers.

The snow was a rare treat for people in the lower elevations. Among the cities getting a good dose of wintry weather was Burbank.

The rare weather also created snow flurries at odd places with the snow level as low as 1,000 feet.

Dusting of the white stuff was seen in odd places including Simi Valley, La Crescenta, San Fernando Valley, Hollywood Hills and Moorpark. The storm also whitened the hills around Santa Clarita and also collected on cars in Tujunga.

In the high country, Mountain High and Big Bear both got 30 inches of fresh powder at 7,000 feet elevation, and Mount Baldy got a massive 48 inches at 7,500 feet elevation. Palmdale also saw about 2 inches at 2,600 feet and La Crescenta got about half an inch at 1,700 feet.

Residents in San Diego County also enjoyed a white weekend with snow coating Interstate 8.

The storm also brought rain to many Southland towns, accumulating 2.63 inches in Claremont, 1.65 inches in Beverly Hills, 1.2 inches in downtown Los Angeles, 2.28 inches in San Bernardino and .75 inches in Laguna Beach.

The Station Fire burn areas got about 2 to 3 inches of accumulation without causing any significant damage.