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Watches, Warnings in Place as SoCal Braces for Full Day of Thanksgiving Rain

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Weather watches and advisories are in place with rain and snow expected to continue falling on Southern California throughout Thanksgiving Day on Thursday.

The morning started out bad and got worse for drivers on the 5 Freeway over the Grapevine Thursday morning. Snow flurries prompted officials to close the roadway in both directions through the Tejon Pass. Both sides of the thoroughfare were reopened around 3 p.m.

The cold and unstable storm brought thunderstorms to the Southland later in the day, according to the National Weather Service, which announced a Special Marine Warning in effect until 8:45 p.m.

The thunderstorms will be capable of producing heavy downpours, hail, and even isolated waterspouts over the ocean.

Officials are concerned about the potential for mud and debris slides in recent burn areas.

Rainfall totals reached between 1.5 and 3.15 inches for most areas, according to the Weather Service.

Long Beach had received 2.35 inches of rain as of 6 p.m. Thursday, surpassing the previous record of 1.93 inches set in 1970, according to forecasters.

A flood advisory was in effect for Los Angeles County until 11:15 a.m.

Flash flood watches are in place for San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties through 10 p.m. Thursday night.

In local mountains, forecasters called for 6 to 12 inches of snow above 4,000 feet. Some areas of the San Gabriel Mountains were expected to see up to 2 feet of snow. Mountain High got 34 inches by 6 p.m.

Dry weather and mostly sunny skies are expected to return to the area on Friday.

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