Second Storm Brings Rain, Snow and Hail to SoCal

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A second storm system moved into Southern California Tuesday night into Wednesday, bringing with it some much-needed rain and snow to the drought-stricken region.


A rainbow was captured by Sky5 amid a downpour in La Canada Flintridge on April 2, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Scattered showers were forecast to hit much of the region throughout the day Wednesday, with more rain expected in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Isolated thunderstorms that were capable of producing brief periods of heavy rain and small hail were also expected, forecasters said.

Roads were expected to be slick during afternoon and evening commutes, forecasters warned.

Hail could be seen on the ground in some mountain areas, aerial video from Sky5 showed on Wednesday afternoon.

Gusty winds were expected in coastal areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where a wind advisory was in effect through 9 p.m.

The weather service warned that heavy downpours had the capability to trigger minor mud and debris flows in burn areas, including in Azusa and Glendora, which are recovering from the nearly 2,000-acre Colby Fire.

The city of Glendora raised its emergency protocol level to yellow this week in anticipation of the storms, meaning parking restrictions were in effect. Residents of the “Colby Fire Impact Area” were asked to remove some vehicles, trash bins and other objects from roadways.

A winter weather advisory was scheduled to be in effect Wednesday through 5 p.m. in the mountain areas, and snow showers were expected to impact the 5 Freeway near the Grapevine, Highway 33 in Ventura County and Soledad Canyon along Highway 14, the weather service said.

Snow was falling over the Grapevine summit Wednesday morning, but was not sticking, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Elevations above 4,500 feet could see between 3 and 6 inches of snow, forecasters said.

Access to Big Pines Highway in the Angeles National Forest at elevations between 5,500 and 7,000 feet has been limited as of Wednesday morning because of the storm, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Anyone driving in those areas was required to have chains.

Motorists driving on snow-covered roads were advised to exercise caution and to prepare for limited visibility.

The latest storm came after the first wave of light-to-moderate rains, which arrived in the area on Monday night and lasted into Tuesday morning.

Total rainfall for most areas from both storms was likely to range from one-quarter to three-quarters of an inch, with more expected in the mountains, according to the weather service.