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UPDATE: Rain expected into Tuesday morning

Posted: December 12, 2011 10:10 a.m.
Updated: December 12, 2011 6:54 p.m.

Alejandro Arriaga, 6, plays with his umbrella after he steps off a school bus in Newhall on Monday. At least 0.81 inches of rain fell in the Newhall Pass on Monday.



Nearly an inch of rain fell in parts of the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday, sending cars skidding on rain-slicked roads but causing no major injuries or reports of property damage, officials said.

“It was mainly people driving at an unsafe speed for the rain,” California Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Furman said of the half-dozen or so collisions reported on streets and freeways in the SCV Monday.

The collision were almost twice the number of normal accidents compared to a sunny Monday, he said.

At least 119 car crashes were reported in L.A. County on Monday compared to 62 accidents on rain-free Dec. 5, Furman said.

Showers and possible thunderstorms were expected to last through this morning, with cloudy skies and continued cool weather through the day. Temperatures were expected to gradually climb through the week, with sunny skies beginning Wednesday.

Motorists should slow down on rainy days and make sure their car’s windshield wipers aren’t cracked and tires have enough tread on them, Furman said.

“When the rain hits you don’t want to be changing a tire on the side of the road,” Furman said.

A low-pressure system from Alaska caused the rain and cooler temperatures Monday, said Ryan Kittel, spokesman for the National Weather Service.

A total of .81 inch of rain were recorded in the Newhall Pass by Monday evening, while Saugus saw .52 of an inch, the National Weather Service reported.

The snow level fell just below 3,000 feet on Monday night, Kittel said.

Sections of Angeles Forest Highway, Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Big Tujunga Canyon Road were closed Monday afternoon by Los Angeles County road workers due to anticipated snow fall.

Signal Senior Staff Writer Jim Holt contributed to this report




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