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SoCal gets warm temperatures for winter

January 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
It's not summer, and it's not even close to being spring. But on the third day of January, it was 70 degrees by mid-morning in Upland.

"I'm a sun person, so I absolutely love it, of course the kids with the new snowboards are missing the snow a little bit, but for me it's great," said Lisa Shoemaker of San Antonio Heights.

For those who had to work outside, it was a practically perfect day. For those playing outside, it was perhaps even better.

"We were actually up in Santa Barbara this weekend wearing pants and long sleeves and then coming home for shorts and tank tops," said Lynette Monk Dezan of Upland.

The warm weather is a big contrast to what's happening on the other side of the country.

"I've got a sister in Virgina digging cars out, and I've got aunts in Chicago, same thing, snow chains and shovels, and they complain about it," said Craig Churchwell of Upland.

While he said he enjoyed the weather, Churchwell said it would be nice if temperatures got cooler.

"They say Southern California has great weather all year round, but it's nice when we can get some leaves that can change, and my son would love to go sledding," Churchwell said.

At Mt. Baldy, only patches of snow could be spotted at the 6,500-foot level. Up even higher, it wasn't much better.

"It was not too bad around 8 or 9 a.m. when we got here, but it just got really, really bad, just really slushy," said Rachel Tong of Irvine.

Snow Summit officials say conditions are better because they were able to make a lot of snow in December.