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Weather not too frightful

Showers keep CHP on their toes, but no serious injuries reported

Posted: December 25, 2008 4:26 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2008 4:55 a.m.

A showery Christmas Day kept local California Highway Patrols officers on their toes Thursday, but as of mid-afternoon, no collisions caused any serious injuries, said CHP Sgt. Rick Miler.

CHP officers responded to more than 25 crashes in the morning and more than 50 calls of crashes that were spinouts or nonreportable, Miler said. About ninety percent of those collisions were rain-related, he said.

As of noon, the National Weather Service Web site reported .04 inches of rainfall in Saugus and .17 inches in Newhall.

Nate and Katherine Jackson of Alameda, visiting family in Santa Clarita, said the showers put somewhat of a damper on the holiday because their young daughters could not fully enjoy their new wagon and tricycle, but they still appreciated the seasonal weather.

"It's too bad the kids didn't get to play outside with their new gifts, but other than that, it's nice to have winter weather for Christmas," Nate Jackson said.

The Jacksons' 2-year-old daughter Cassia was happy she could use one of her new gifts - Hello Kitty rain boots. She splashed around in puddles as her parents sipped on Starbucks coffee.

By the afternoon, showers died down and dark layers of clouds continued to blanket the valley. Minor collisions also dwindled.

"It slowed down a little bit because everyone seems to be where they were going," Miler said at about 2 p.m. "(The rain is falling in) a steady stream but nothing near what it was this morning."

The National Weather service predicted a partly cloudy Thursday evening with a 50 percent chance of showers before midnight. Today's forecast calls for partly cloudy with highs in the upper 40s and a clear Friday night with lows in the upper 30s, according to the service's Web site.


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