Late Winter Storm Brings Rain, Fresh Snow
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A late winter storm is bringing rain and thunderstorms to the Southland, and dumping plenty of fresh snow in our local mountains.
Heavy rain fell across Southern California overnight and continued early Friday before beginning to taper off.
Forecasters warned that lingering scattered showers and the possibility of thunderstorms will remain into the evening.
A winter storm warning is in effect through 10 p.m. Friday for the mountain areas of Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The Antelope Valley was under a winter weather advisory until noon on Friday.
Snow levels are expected to drop to around 3,000-3,500 feet for early Friday through early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
About four to eight inches of snow are expected above 4,000 feet, with more than 12 inches falling above the 6,000-foot level.
The I-5 was shut down through the Grapevine for more than five hours Friday morning due to snow and icy conditions. Both sides were re-opened shortly before 8 a.m.
Snow was also falling in the Cajon Pass Friday morning, but it remained open. Drivers were advised to take things slowly.
Chains were required on Highway 330 heading up to the Running Springs area, except for four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires.
All schools were closed in the Rim of the World and Snowline School districts due to the snow.
In addition, there were several closures in effect in the Angeles National Forest due to snow and icy conditions.
They included Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road between Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway.
Officials said the closures would remain in effect until the storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected.
Temperatures Friday were expected to hover in the mid- to upper-50s, according to the NWS.
Saturday morning could bring some clouds and a slight chance of showers, but after that, warm weather was on the way.
Temperatures in the 70s were expected starting Sunday, peaking at about 80 degrees Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles.