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Weather: Weekend forecast calls for possible snow, up to an inch and a half of rain

Posted: February 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

A cold storm is expected to hit the Santa Clarita Valley with rain, thunder and possibly snow over the weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Thursday, stating that a storm originating in Canada is expected to dump up to an inch of rain on the SCV through today and overnight.

Snow levels are expected to drop to about 1,500 feet Saturday, bringing a small chance of snowfall to the Santa Clarita Valley, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist.

“Be prepared for icy, wet and snowy weather,” Seto said. “Don’t take this storm for granted. It’s going to be very cold. It’s the coldest storm of the season.”

Temperatures are expected to hit 58 degrees Friday with overnight temperatures dropping to the low 30s.
Cold and wet weather is expected to continue through Saturday.

Saturday highs are expected to hit 42 degrees, with a drop to an overnight low of 29 degrees, forecasters said.

Scattered showers throughout Saturday could also dump up to another half inch of rain on the Santa Clarita Valley, Seto said.

“You might see snowflakes, but I doubt that it’ll stick on the roads or roofs,” Seto said.

Meanwhile, the cold weather could damage plants if temperatures drop below 32 degrees for an extended period of time, especially if the plants are cold-sensitive, said Robert Green of Green Landscape Nursery.

Snow, if it falls, could bring its own problems for plants.

A little snow can protect a plant from cold damage, Green said. But snow can freeze into ice if too much accumulates on a tree or plant, and ice tends to suck moisture away from a plant, he said.

Ice is also heavy and can crush a plant, he said.

“If we get a heavy accumulation (of snow), try to get it off the trees,” Green said. “If you have to go up on a ladder, don’t risk it. It’s just a tree.”



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