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Winter Storm Takes Aim at SoCal

A storm is expected to bring rain and snow to Southern California beginning Wednesday. Forecasters say snow levels will drop rainy-day-picto 3,500 feet by Thursday.

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The rain moved out, but now Southern California is being buffeted by strong winds and sub-freezing temperatures.

About 2,000 residents lost power in South Los Angeles and an additional 600 in Encino were in the dark early¬†Tuesday evening, according to officials with the city’s¬†Department of Water and Power.

The first outage in Encino was at about 5 p.m., following reports of downed power lines, said DWP spokesperson Carol Tucker.

The outage in South L.A. began about 6:20 p.m., Tucker said. “Not clear what happened there,” Tucker said.

The National Weather Service issued an alert about heavy winds across the region, particularly in the mountains and passes. Top winds in some of those regions could top 65 mph, with gusts of 35 mph in some valleys.

“Strong and potentially damaging northwest winds will develop today and continue through early Wednesday. The strongest winds are expected across the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties where wind gusts up to 65 MPH are likely,” the weather service said.

“Elsewhere widespread wind gusts between 30 and 50 mph are expected. The winds are expected to peak in strength this evening.”

Chris Wolfe has our report.

big-bear-snow-picLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The rain has moved out of our area for now, but it left behind plenty of snow in the local mountains.

Big Bear reported five to six inches of fresh powder on Thursday, as ski and snowboard enthusiasts from around the Southland hit the slopes for a snow day.

If you plan to visit the mountain areas, you should bring chains, but the roads are open.

All schools in the Rim of the World School District are closed on Friday due to inclement weather, according to the district’s website.

The Bear Valley Unified School District said schools there were open on Friday and buses were running, but with some possible delays.

Partly cloudy skies were expected across Southern California on Thursday, with the possibility of more rain moving in Friday night

Showers are expected to return to the region again on Saturday night. Temperatures will remain below average.

A sking-tide-pico-called King Tide is being blamed for flooding in several coastal communities in Orange County on Thursday.

Elevations above 5,000 feet are expected to get four to eight inches of snow, with up to a foot falling at the highest peaks. Christina Pascucci was in Big Bear Thursday with more.

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Snow falling at Bear Mountain

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A set of storms will move through the region through early next week, bringing wet weather to the Southland and snow in the mountains.

Scattered showers will remain in the forecast throughout the day on Thursday.

About a quarter-inch to a half-inch of rain is expected in coastal and valley areas, with a half-inch to one-and-a-half inches in the foothills and mountains.

A winter weather advisory will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday for the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Snow levels are expected to drop to 3,500 feet on Thursday.

Elevations above 5,000 feet are expected to get four to eight inches of snow, with up to a foot falling at the highest peaks.

Big Bear has already received about two to three inches of snow. The area is expected to get three to seven inches of fresh powder throughout the day Thursday.

Big Bear Mountain ski resort is open, with two lifts in operation, and will have man-made snow in addition to natural powder. Snow Summit resort could open in a few days if weather permits.

Snow in the local mountains could impact Interstate 5 through the Grapevine, Highway 2 through the San Gabriel Mountains and Highway 33 through the Ventura Mountains.

The California Highway Patrol said there was light snow falling in the Grapevine Thursday morning, but no closures were issued.

Showers will persist on Thursday, with another round of rain and snow expected on Friday into Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Then, there’s another chance of rain and snow by Saturday night into Sunday morning. Highs will remain cooler than normal into early next week.

Local News
12/13/12

Fresh Snow Hits SoCal Mountains

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A set of storms will move through the region through early next week, bringing wet weather to the Southland and snow in the mountains.

Stormy Weather Bring Road Closures and Travel Warnings, Chris Wolfe reports

Local News
12/12/12

Wednesday Weather Forecast with Mark Kriski

Weather forecast for Wednesday, December 12.

rainy-day-picLOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A storm is expected to bring rain and snow to Southern California beginning Wednesday, possibly snarling the afternoon commute.

Between a quarter and a half-inch of rain were expected for the coast and valleys, while the mountains could get up to an inch, the National Weather Service said.

A winter weather advisory has been issued from 4 p.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m Thursday for the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

By Thursday, snow is expected to blanket the mountains as low as 3,500 feet, possibly creating hazardous conditions through the Grapevine.

Elevations above 5,000 feet are expected to get 3 to 5 inches of snow. Between 1 and 4 inches are expected between 4,000 and 5,000 feet.

Public access will be closed to two mountain roads starting Wednesday night in anticipation of heavy snowfall, according the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

Angeles Forest Hwy will be closed from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd. to Aliso Canyon Rd. Upper Big Tujunga will be shut from Angeles Forest Hwy to SR-2.

The closures will remain in effect until the storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected, officials said.

Temperatures in the region will be below normal — in the high 50s to mid-60s — though the weekend. Forecasters say rain could linger through next Tuesday.