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Stormy conditions throughout the Southland

April 8, 2011 12:00:55 AM PDT
It feels more like winter than spring in Southern California. Temperatures dipped 10 to 15 degrees below normal across the Southland.

Warnings were posted on Interstate 5 along the Grapevine on Friday night for the icy conditions motorist would encounter.

"I was coming through the pass, it was pretty scary. It was coming down pretty good," said Cheri Devenport of Riverside, who was on her way home from Oregon.

I-5 remained open, but the California Highway Patrol said it was monitoring conditions.

Small piles of heavy white sleet came down intermittently in Santa Clarita. But it all but disappeared in a matter of minutes.

In La Verne, roads and sidewalks were wet after rain fell overnight, and snow flurries fell in Frazier Park.

That's how it's been Friday afternoon across much of the area. There were lots of dark clouds and a few hits of rain and sleet given the cold temperatures.

Up in Soledad Canyon on Highway 14, it was a similar scene with wet slushy roads putting drivers heading through the Antelope Valley on edge.

"It was horrible, the rain was extremely heavy," said Palmdale resident Deborah McLaurin. "Heavy drops and it was cold. The wind was blowing, so the car was almost unbalanced. But I made it through."

With the cold storm came beautiful white snow up in the mountains, but it can also created some problems at higher elevations like the Grapevine.

The CHP said that there was light snow falling just above Highway 138. Officials are beginning to run some escorts through the Grapevine at those higher elevations because of the heavy snow.

There are blue skies, but with some dark clouds looming this weather will certainly be around for quite some time Friday night.