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SCV gets muggy as monsoonal flow creates havoc elsewhere

Posted: August 2, 2014 8:37 p.m.
Updated: August 2, 2014 8:32 p.m.

A low pressure system spinning monsoonal moisture into Southern California created muggy conditions across the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday while wreaking havoc elsewhere.

A wave of brief but fierce storms rolled through Southern California’s mountains and deserts, kicking up blinding dust that contributed to a 14-car pileup on Interstate 40 in Newberry Springs, The Associated Press reported.

Ten big-rigs and two cars were involved in the collision. Nine people were injured, none of them seriously, the news service said.

Elsewhere, the monsoonal moisture moving up from the south collided with warmer air inland and created thunderstorms that prompted flash flood warnings and watches in parts of San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, the AP reported.

In the San Bernardino Mountains, the 100-mile annual Tour de Big Bear race was disrupted when a storm dumped rain on bicyclists on 8,400-foot-high Onyx Peak.

Most suffered mild to moderate hypothermia when the temperature dropped to about 60 degrees, county fire spokesman Eric Sherwin told The Associated Press.

At Santa Rosa Mountain in the San Bernardino National Forest, more than an inch of rain fell in a half-hour, the National Weather Service reported.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, afternoon skies remained partly cloudy as the daytime high hit 98 in Saugus.

For Sunday, the NWS said, there’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon across the SCV. Winds could gust up to 20 mph in the afternoon, the agency said. Mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-60s were expected for the area Sunday night.

Some monsoonal clouds will linger in the valley on Monday, but by Tuesday skies will be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the low 90s, the NWS said.


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