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Chilly, rainy holidays in store for SCV

Posted: December 22, 2008 8:57 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2008 4:55 a.m.

The forecast calls for a rain-drenched quagmire in the Santa Clarita Valley during the holiday season, a National Weather Service official said.

Rain and cold weather are in the forecast from today until Christmas Day, said Bill Hoffer, weather service spokesman.

Temperatures will hover near 50 degrees and the chance of rain will linger through Christmas, Hoffer said.

Rain pounded the Santa Clarita Valley Monday, dumping 2.35 inches by 5:36 p.m. The rain came with wind gusts recorded above 25 mph Monday.

The winds won't subside soon, Hoffer said.

They will continue tonight with gusts up to 35 mph, he said.

Slick roads sent a tractor-trailer and a pick-up truck into a collision on the southbound side of Interstate 5 early Monday morning, said California Highway Patrol Officer Blake Bookout.

"The tractor-trailer was traveling south at about 5 a.m. when another tractor-trailer made an unsafe lane change," Bookout said.

The allegedly unsafe lane change caused the big rig to careen across the road and jackknife, he said.

The driver of a Chevrolet pick-up truck slammed on the brakes, but could not stop in time to avoid hitting the big rig, Bookout said.

No one was injured in the crash, he said.


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