Southland Storm Persists; Heavy Snow in San Gabriels


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Heavy snow fell today on the San Gabriel Mountains and will produce up to 9 inches of accumulation, National Weather Service forecasters said.

A winter storm warning in effect in the San Gabriels will expire at 5 a.m. Friday.

Travel in the San Gabriels `could be very difficult to impossible,” according to an NWS statement. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

Record rainfall was reported Tuesday in Long Beach and at Sandberg in the San Gabriels. At Long Beach Airport, 8.2 inches fell yesterday, breaking the record for an April 7, which was 0.78 of an inch, set in 1958. At Sandberg, 1.08 inch broke the 1958 record of .42.

Rain was forecast in L.A. County, along with highs of 39 on Mount Wilson; 53 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 55 in Saugus; 58 in Woodland Hills; 59 in Avalon, Pasadena, San Gabriel and Burbank; 61 in Long Beach; 62 at LAX; and 63 in Downtown L.A. Rain is expected through Friday.

Since the storm arrived Sunday, Downtown L.A. has had 2 inches of rain and could get a quarter-inch more before it leaves later this week, said NWS meteorologist Kristen Stewart.

Thunderstorms were forecast throughout Orange County today, along with highs of 35 degrees on Santiago Peak; 47 on Ortega Highway at 2.600 feet; 53 at Trabuco Vanyon; 54 at Fremont Canyon; 57 in Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo and San Clemente; 58 in Newport Beach and Yorba Linda; 59 in Anaheim; 60 in Irvine; and 61 in Fullerton. A day of showers is expected Thursday.

In Orange County, a flash flood watch is in effect through today amid scattered showers, thunderstorms and heavy rainfall.

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