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The snowscape returns

While rain, hail remained intermittent, snow touched down on higher elevations in the SCV

Posted: February 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.

David Rodriguez, left, of Bakersfield, chases Sandra Lilcea with a snowball as the family stops to play in the snow on Frazier Mountain Park Road in Frazier Park on Saturday.

It looked like snow, it felt like snow, and whatever it was that covered parts of Santa Clarita Valley Saturday certainly seemed like winter.

Fluffy, white clouds containing black storm cloud bellies threatened to make the last weekend in February miserable for most, but as it turned out, the rain was intermittent and so was the sun.

In the morning, as temperatures climbed slowly from near freezing, pellets of hail collected and blanketed lawns and public landscapes with white patches before noon.

Although it wasn’t enough to make snowman or snowballs, it was definitely a reminder that winter is still with us.
Snow — actual snow — created some treacherous driving through the Grapevine by dinner time, as dropping temperatures prompted snowfall near Templin Highway.

“At Templin Highway is was a near white-out,” said Tony Zinnanti, who was driving southbound on Interstate 5 about 5 p.m. “The snow was extremely heavy at times. It was sticking to the windshield.”

By the time he made it to Castaic, Zinnanti said traffic on the interstate was slowing down and backing up, he said.

Gardeners should note that overnight lows tonight and Monday are expected to hover near freezing at 32 degrees.

Officials at the National Weather Service in Oxnard are calling for areas of frost in Santa Clarita Valley, with an overnight low for tonight expected to be about 29 degrees.

Temperatures could reach 53 degrees during the day today with north and northwest winds ranging between 5 and 10 miles per hour.

Monday is expected to be mainly sunny with a high of 61 degrees, and winds about the same.

Freezing temperatures could happen overnight Monday but officials have forecast the temperature to be 33 degrees.

The sun is also expected on Tuesday with a high that day of 62 degrees.

By Wednesday, however, rain could return to Santa Clarita Valley.


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