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We've got sunshine after cloudy days

SCV earns a brief respite from aggressive winter weather

Posted: December 19, 2008 10:33 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2008 4:55 a.m.

A minivan heads north Friday afternoon through the Angeles National Forest on Bouquet Canyon Road, which was closed through the morning due to snow and ice.

After frustrating highway closures due to rough weather conditions since Wednesday, sunny skies should keep commuters happy - and dry - through the weekend.

But don't get too comfortable and put away that rain gear just yet.

The National Weather Service forecast a 50 percent chance of rainfall Monday, said service spokesman Bill Hoffer.

Interstate 5 and Highway 14 remained open under sunny Friday skies.

California Highway Patrol officers opened the northbound lane of Bouquet Canyon Road to the Bouquet Reservoir Friday evening after the lane was closed from Vasquez Canyon Road most of the afternoon due to slippery conditions.

Although signs manned by a traffic director signaled road closures on Bouquet Canyon Road during the afternoon, many drivers went around the signs and travelled the road anyway.

Ron Johnson, a bartender and cook at the Cavi at the Big Oaks restaurant about 10 miles north of Vasquez Canyon Road, said he had no problems getting to work at 2 p.m.

"I wondered if the road was washed out," he said about the road-closure signs. "But I came right through. The guy didn't stop me."

Business has been slow lately because of the economy and weather, Johnson said, but he was not sure if the road closure would affect business.

He said he expected a party of 32 people Friday evening.

The weather service forecasts lots of sun with highs in the 50s.

Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s, Hoffer said.


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