Storm's Last Hurrah -- More Mountain Snow


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Amid more snow in the San Gabriel Mountains, a winter weather advisory has been extended until 8 tonight.

The National Weather Service reported additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches above 6,000 feet, down to a dusting at 4,000 foot elevations. East winds will gust at 35 miles per hour at times.

“Travel could be very difficult across the higher elevation roads, including portions of Highways 2 and 39. Although unlikely, there is a chance for snow-related impacts to the Grapevine on Interstate 5,” according to a statement. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The winter weather advisory, which denotes horrendous mountain travel conditions, had been scheduled to expire at 5 this morning,

Forecasters said the storm will produce 8 to 14 inches of accumulation at 6,000 feet and 4-8 inches between 5,000 and 6,000 feet while at sea level, between a half-inch and 1 inch of rain is expected, increasing to between 1 and 2-and-a-half inch in the San Gabriel Mountains.

The storm has also been a significant rain producer. The wettest spot in Los Angeles County was Redondo Beach, where 0.79 of an inch fell in the 24- hour period ending at 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Other top rainfall totals included 0.78 of an inch in Woodland Hills, 0.69 of an inch in Northridge, 0.68 of an inch in Chatsworth, 0.66 of an inch in Van Nuys, 0.65 of an inch at Long Beach Airport, 0.62 of an inch in Sandberg, 0.59 of an inch at Los Angeles International Airport and Pasadena, 0.52 of an inch in downtown Los Angeles and San Gabriel, 0.51 of an inch in Hawthorne and 0.49 of an inch in Lancaster.

The weather service forecast showers in L-A County today and highs of 44 on Mount Wilson; 56 in Palmdale 57 in Lancaster; 60 in Saugus and Avalon; 62 in San Gabriel; 63 in Pasadena, Burbank and Woodland Hills; 64 in Long Beach; 65 at LAX; and 66 in Downtown L.A. Cloudy skies are expected Saturday through Monday, after which at least three days of sunny skies are expected.

The NWS forecast showers in Orange County and highs of 40 on Santiago Peak; 50 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 55 at Fremont Canyon and Trabuco Canyon; 58 in Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 59 in Newport Beach and Yorba Linda; 60 in Anaheim and Irvine; and 61 in Fullerton. Sunnny skies will make a return Tuesday.

The slow-moving storm should move east out of the Southland this afternoon, having doused the region since Sunday.

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