Strong winds cause damage across Southland


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Snow lovers began their trek down the mountain in Running Springs on Sunday evening, where temperatures were expected to hit below freezing as the night wore on.

Hundreds of people took advantage of the fresh powder and hit the slopes over the weekend. Snow Valley saw 2 inches of snow, while further up Highway 18 Caltrans cleared the way for drivers who were met with heavy snow, gusty winds and more than a few fender-benders.

Despite the frigid weather, the snow provided a financial windfall for mountain businesses, like Get The Burger in Big Bear, which saw a steady stream of hungry guests.

Meanwhile, Bear Valley School District cancelled Monday classes for students due to the amount of snow fall.

In Orange County, strong winds knocked down a power line in Santa Ana. Southern California Edison responded to the 300 block of Lyon Street at about 1 p.m. The line was compromised at its base as neighboring power lines and a boom truck held the pole in place. The street remained closed around 5 p.m. at Chestnut Avenue and Warren Street. In L.A. County, winds also knocked over a Paco's Tacos sign at Sepulveda Boulevard and Manchester Avenue in Westchester.

Rain totals so far amount to 1.81 inches for Altadena, 1.68 inches for Beaumont, 1.36 inches for Granada Hills, .77 inches for Temecula and .71 inches for Santa Ana. Glendora saw 1.36 inches of rain, San Bernardino saw 1.04 inches, Lake Forest saw .92 inches, U.C. Riverside saw .62 inches and Seal Beach got .43 inches.

Sunday's rain was expected to be less intense as things cleared out from the northeast to the south. Less than .1 inches of rainfall is expected in L.A. and Orange counties and less than .25 inches for the I.E.

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The Antelope Valley got a few inches of the white stuff and /*snow*/ also fell quite steadily Sunday morning in the San Bernardino Mountains. Snow Summit Mountain Resort to 22-24 inches of fresh powder with this current system. Mountain High Ski Resort got about 18-22 inches and Mammoth Mountain Resort got 42 inches.

Snow along the Grapevine caused concern for drivers and prompting warnings from /*California Highway Patrol*/ to use caution on the road.

CHP officers were escorting traffic on Interstate 5 from 4 miles north of the SR 118 junction to 26 miles south of Bakersfield at Laval Road through the /*Grapevine*/. Snow was not sticking, but the roads were definitely slick and dangerous. CHP stopped escorting drivers by late morning as conditions appeared to improve slightly.

The driver of a big rig lost control of his vehicle just south of the Gorman exit on I-5. The driver said he was only going 35 mph, but when the tires hit a patch of snow, he slid into the guardrail. He was not hurt, and he said he's very thankful his truck did not hit two cars that were close by.

Heading into the workweek, watch for a complete clearing and a small warm-up just in time for the first day of spring on Tuesday.

Mountain road closures:

- Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Upper Big Tujunga Canyon
- Upper Big Tujunga Canyon from Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest Highway

Officials say don't expect these roads to reopen until the storm has passed.

See photos of storm throughout Southern California

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