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Storm to drop snow level around SCV

Posted: December 12, 2012 11:05 a.m.
Updated: December 12, 2012 11:05 a.m.

A cold winter storm was expected to shut down Interstate 5 over the Grapevine tonight and dump rain in lower-lying areas, the National Weather Service warned today in a special weather statement.

Meanwhile, county officials announced plans to close Angeles Forest Highway from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Aliso Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) due to forecast snow and icy road conditions. The closures were due to begin at 10 p.m. today.

Rainfall totals from the storm are expected to average 1 1/2 inches in the coastal, valley and desert areas and up to an inch in the foothills and mountains.

Snow levels were expected to drop to about 3,500 feet — the lowest level so far this season. Tejon Pass over the Grapevine tops out at 4,160 feet elevation, while Escondido Summit between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys reaches 3,258 feet above sea level.

National Weather Service forecasters say snowfall totals should average 4 to 8 inches above 5,000 feet elevation through Thursday evening, with totals up to a foot at the highest elevations.

County officials urged residents in mountain areas to visit the Department of Public Works’ CARE website,, for updates on road conditions or to sign up for e-notifications at

Rain was expected to turn to showers Thursday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms and small hail. Snow levels could fall as low as 3,500 feet by Thursday morning, with hazardous driving conditions in the mountains.

Friday and Saturday were forecast to be mostly sunny, with highs reaching only 57 Friday and 61 on Saturday.
More rain is possible Saturday night and Sunday.




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