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Rain returns to Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: December 28, 2010 10:59 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2010 10:59 p.m.

Nathan Perez, 8, plays basketball as his mother, Patricia, watches at Central Park in Saugus on Tuesday. Clouds roll through the skies over the Santa Clarita Valley in advance of another Pacific storm that is expected to bring more rain to the area.

Many Santa Clarita Valley residents were outside enjoying the sunshine Tuesday, but by late afternoon a band of clouds was encroaching from the north, signaling another storm set to hit the area.

National Weather Service forecasters said residents were likely to awaken to heavy rain this morning, and by this afternoon, they would see hazardous travel conditions as the coldest storm to date drops snow levels to nearly 3,000 feet and sends high winds whipping through the area.

By tonight, snow levels could fall as low as 2,000 feet with a risk of snow showers over the Grapevine and the Highway 14 pass to the Antelope Valley.

“The most significant impacts of this upcoming weather system could be Wednesday night through Thursday night, when there will be the potential for a widespread and damaging northerly wind event along with a surge of very cold temperatures,” a special weather statement read.

“Damaging wind gusts more than 70 miles per hour will be possible,” particularly in the Interstate 5 corridor, where driving conditions were expected to be treacherous, the statement said.

Power outages and downed trees were possible, and wind-chill readings combined with the cold air mass could make mountain travel quite dangerous.

Cold daytime temperatures were expected for Thursday.


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