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Rain brings with it crashes in SCV

Clearing skies expected by Saturday and Sunday

Posted: November 21, 2013 7:39 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2013 7:39 p.m.

Rain, heavy at times, and hail played a part in at least half a dozen traffic collisions in the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday, prompting a mud slide in Canyon Country and flooding in parts of Castaic, officials said.

By 6 p.m. Thursday, a little more than half and inch of rain had fallen in Newhall and .23 inches in Saugus, said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

California Highway Patrol officers responded to several incidents on local highways early Thursday, said CHP Officer Logan Callahan.

At 4:43 a.m. Thursday, Commuters contacted the CHP shortly before 5 a.m. to report a mud slide that loosened rocks and disabled at least one vehicle on Bouquet Canyon Road at Vasquez Canyon Road.

A black-and-white Mini Cooper became stuck after it ran over rocks sent onto the roadway by the mud slide, CHP officers reported. By 6:30 a.m., the roadway was clear.

Shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to reports of flooding on Commerce Center Drive between Henry Mayo Drive and Highway 126. By about 7:30 a.m., officers closed the road to traffic.

“It was flooded with about two feet of water,” Callahan said. The road remained closed late Thursday.

A reportedly speeding red Ford Mustang hydroplaned on the wet southbound lanes of Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road, colliding with a barrier. No injuries were reported.

While Santa Clarita Valley residents enjoyed clearing skies during the day Thursday and a relief from rain, heavy rain and hail fell on motorists traveling through the Grapevine by late afternoon, Callahan said.

A winter storm warning was issued for Los Angeles County mountains through Saturday, but in the Santa Clarita Valley the chance of showers was due to lift after Friday, giving way to breezy conditions and mostly sunny skies through the weekend. Lows will remain in the 60s, and winds gusting up to 55 mph Friday, easing off into Saturday.
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