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Remnants of winter in SCV

Experts say tropical winds carrying moisture likely to bring rain

Posted: March 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Rain falls on a puddle as traffic flows on Bouquet Canyon Road, near the Bouquet Center shopping center, in Saugus on Wednesday. See A2 for local weather report.

As another series of storms passed through the Santa Clarita Valley on Wednesday, California Highway Patrol officers guided traffic along Interstate 5 as snow began sticking to the roadway near Templin Highway.

Snow was first reported near Templin at about 4 p.m., and began sticking to the roadway two hours later, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada.

This was the first sign of more wet weather for the SCV.

The National Weather Service issued a winter-storm warning Wednesday as approximately 2 more inches of rain is expected to be dumped on the Santa Clarita Valley by the end of the week.

There is a 50-percent chance of rain Thursday night and Friday morning. The storms may drop up to 1.5 inches of rain, according to forecasts.

Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 57 degrees today and dip to a low of 43 degrees tonight.

Snow levels are also expected to drop below 3,500 feet and could fall at the Grapevine along Interstate 5, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist.

The Santa Clarita Valley, and much of Southern California, was blasted by heavy rains and high winds earlier this week.

More than 7 inches of rain was dumped on the SCV over the weekend, according to past reports.

Seto said while the storms are not directly related, they all have a common factor: tropical winds blowing across Southern California from the south and southwest are carrying a lot of moisture in the air.


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