Worst Of The Storm Passes, But Weather Advisory Remains For SoCal

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The worst is over, but remnants of the slow-moving storm that has drenched the Southland are expected to linger today with a winter weather advisory in place until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Morning showers are expected in some areas, improving to scattered rainfall in the afternoon with southwest winds of up to 15 mph. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

On Friday, the steady rainfall resulted in snarled traffic, a mudslide in Malibu and snow in the mountains while largely sparing recent burn areas.

No mud or debris flows were reported in communities abutting the recent Creek Fire burn area near Sylmar or the La Tuna Fire in the Verdugo Mountains, and no evacuations were ordered.

The Malibu mudslide did force the closure of Topanga Canyon Boulevard between Pacific Coast Highway and Grand View, but no injuries were reported.

In mountain areas, a winter weather advisory will be in effect until this afternoon.

Forecasters said Highway 2 through the San Gabriel Mountains will be affected by the snow, the Grapevine corridor of Interstate 5 will likely be spared initially, ``but there is a chance that snow levels could lower to pass level by Saturday morning.''

Snow levels were ranging between 5,000 and 5,500 feet Friday afternoon, but will lower to between 4,000 and 4,500 feet through today. Snow accumulations of 12 inches or more were expected above 7,000 feet, while 6 to 12 inches were expected between 6,000 and 7,000 feet and lighter amounts below 6,000 feet.

The NWS said this storm would produce between a half-inch and an inch of rain along the coast and in valley areas, and between two and three inches of rain in the mountains.

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