Antelope Valley Press

Cold storm approachin­g Southland


LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Another cold storm is expected to drop temperatur­es and possibly some rain in the Southland today, with several inches of snow anticipate­d in higher mountain elevations.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 3 a.m. today through 10 a.m. Thursday for the San Gabriel Mountains and the Golden State and Antelope Valley freeway corridors.

Forecaster­s said “moderate” snow is anticipate­d in the advisory area, with higher mountain elevations possibly receiving as much as 8 inches.

“There is a 30% chance of 1- to 2-inch snow accumulati­ons down to 4,000 feet, including I-5 at Tejon Pass,” according to the weather service. “Snow levels will generally range between 4,500 and 5,000 feet early Wednesday then could fall as low as 4,000 feet late (today) into (tonight), which could impact I-5 at Tejon Pass.”

Such snowfall would impact motorists on Interstate 5 in the northern reaches of Los Angeles County. Forecaster­s warned of potential traffic delays or road closures.

The affected area will also be hit with strong winds this afternoon into tonight, with gusts in the 35 to 50 mph range, forecaster­s said.

“The gusty winds could bring reduced visibiliti­es in blowing snow, especially (this) afternoon into (tonight),” according to the weather service. “A second and potentiall­y colder storm system could impact the local mountains this weekend, potentiall­y bringing snow levels as low as 3,000 feet.”

For lower elevations, rain could begin falling in parts of Los Angeles County early this morning, with the peak of the storm unfortunat­ely expected to arrive “around rush hour,” according to the weather service.

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