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Wet, gusty weather whips I-5 corridor, SCV this weekend

Local mountains may get three to five inches of fresh snow

Posted: March 21, 2009 1:31 a.m.
Updated: March 20, 2009 11:39 p.m.
 

Brace for a bout of blustery weather as rain, gusty winds, and possible snow and hail blow into the Santa Clarita Valley and local mountains this weekend.

A low-pressure system will drop out of the Gulf of Alaska by tonight and into Sunday morning, bringing much colder temperatures, according to the National Weather Service's local forecast.

Expect a quarter- to half-inch of intermittent rain, isolated thunderstorms, near-100-percent humidity, gale force winds of 60 mph-plus and, in the local mountains, snow levels down to 3,000-3,500 feet Sunday through the evening.

Some of the thunderstorms could produce brief heavy precipitation and small hail, according to the weather service.

Mountains above 4,000 feet could get blanketed with three to five inches of fresh snow.

The service warms of treacherous driving conditions with blowing snow across mountain roads, including the Interstate 5 corridor through the Grapevine.

A winter storm alert for local mountains for snow accumulations and very strong winds is in effect from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

Later Sunday night through Monday morning, mostly clear skies and dry, warmer weather will return and prevail through the end of the week, the weather service predicts.

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