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Weather leaves half-inch puddle; more rain possible

Morning drive free of major accidents

Posted: March 5, 2009 1:39 a.m.
Updated: March 5, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Traffic backs up due to heavy rain along Soledad Canyon Road as the sun tries to peek through the rain clouds in Canyon Country Wednesday.

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An early March storm dropped about a half-inch of rain in the Santa Clarita Valley on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

"It's a relatively weak system," said Bonnie Bartling, weather specialist for the National Weather Service.

Still, dark clouds lingered into the evening, and rain continued on and off all day, adding nearly a half-inch to the seasonal total as the state endures its third consecutive year of draught.

No major accidents disrupted the morning commute, said Lt. Mark Hershey of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, but drivers had a rough time heading south into the San Fernando Valley with delays on both Highway 14 and Interstate 5.

Another weak storm is due to pass through tonight and Friday morning, bringing a 20 percent chance of rain, Bartling said. This wave of wet weather could also bring thunderstorms.

Santa Clarita Valley skies will remain partly cloudy through Friday, as gusty northwesterly winds cool the mountains and some coastal areas.

Weather service forecasters predict sunny skies for the weekend, though temperatures will stay chilly, peaking in the low 60s during the day and dipping to the low 40s after dark.


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