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Storm Brings Snow Along the Grapevine

snow-grapevine-picA winter storm brought rain, sleet, hail and snow to Southern California, creating dangerous driving conditions in the mountains.

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FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — Drivers traveling in mountain areas on Monday morning were warned to take it slow due to snow and icy conditions.

A winter storm brought rain to Southern California on Sunday, which turned to snow along the Grapevine as the sun went down and temperatures dropped.

Snow also fell in the Cajon Pass through the early morning hours on Monday.

All schools in the Rim of the World Unified School District were closed Monday due to inclement weather.

Many Southern California communities are also dealing with strong and potentially damaging winds.

“Kinda windy… It’s been pushing the car around,” said one man who was driving through the Grapevine. “It’s a little difficult at times.”

A wind advisory remains in effect through 4 p.m. Monday for much of the Southland.

The affected areas include the Ventura County mountains and valleys, the Santa Clarita Valley and the Los Angeles County coast, including downtown L.A.

The strongest winds will be focused across the L.A. County mountains, as well as the foothills of the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys.

Damaging gusts of around 60 mph are likely in those areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters warned that downed trees and power lines, along with power outages, were likely across portions of the L.A. basin.

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Meteorologist Jim Castillo’s 6pm Sunday forecast for Southern California

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) — A weather system moving into Southern California is expected to dump rain and up to three inches of snow early Sunday morning.

Strong winds also are predicted for some areas overnight, including the Grapevine along the 5 Freeway Corridor and the Cajon Pass along the 15 Freeway.

A gale watch will remain in effect until Monday morning for Long Beach.

Snow levels, which started at about 6,500 feet, are expected to drop to about 3,500 feet Sunday.

The drop in the snow level could mean snow in both the Cajon Pass as well as the Grapevine along the 5 Freeway in Los Angeles County.

California Highway Patrol officials remind motorists to be extra cautious on the roads.

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