Rain Moving Out, Returning After Christmas

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Christmas Eve started out with rain on Monday morning, but the wet weather was expected to clear out by the afternoon.

Highs in the mid-60s are expected Monday in the Los Angeles-Metro area, Orange County and the Inland Empire. The high desert will top out in the upper 50s.

Dry conditions are expected for Christmas Day, but the wet weather will return again on Wednesday.

The rain made for slick roads all across the Southland early Monday, and it was being blamed for a number of early-morning accidents.

A car carrying four people, including two toddlers, collided with a big rig on the 405 Freeway at Washington Boulevard in Culver City. Everyone was expected to be OK.

Several cars collided on the 101 Freeway at Laurel Canyon in Studio City. Multiple ambulances responded to the scene.

And in Huntington Park, a suspected drunk driver lost control on wet roads and jumped a curb, crashing through a fence outside a home.

Fortunately, no one inside the house was hurt. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to jail.

In the local mountains, snow was expected at 6,000 feet, with highs in the low 40s.

Meantime, in northern California, another blanket of snow is forecast to cover Lake Tahoe on Tuesday.

Authorities in Squaw Valley were busy over the weekend closing roads and helping skiers and snowboarders after more than 4 feet of snow buried the town.

In some areas, up to 6 feet of snow fell in what authorities said was easily the biggest storm of the year so far.

Visitors were getting a break from the harsh weather on Monday. Squaw Valley officials lowered the avalanche warning to “considerable.”

But officials will raise the warning to “high” on Christmas and into Wednesday.

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