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Slow down for showers

Posted: February 7, 2009 1:22 a.m.
Updated: February 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Raindrops drip from branches and a street sign for Fairweather Street in Canyon Country Friday. Wet weather is expected to continue through Monday.

Cool temperatures and rain will dominate the Santa Clarita Valley forecast for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.

Thunderstorms are forecasted to move into the Santa Clarita Valley Saturday, and temperatures won't rise above 55 degrees, the National Weather Service forecasts.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station logged no accidents on Santa Clarita Valley roads between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sgt. Dan Peacock said.

He had advice for all those taking to the roads during the weekend.

"Obviously, you need to slow down. Keep your distance and be vigilant of your surroundings and of course always use your headlights," Peacock said.

Los Angeles County Fire stayed busy Friday, Inspector Sam Padilla said.

"Anytime you change the weather, you change the driving habits of people and increase the number of accidents," Padilla said.

County fire doesn't keep count of how many traffic collisions it responds to, he said.

The mix of water and oil make for a dangerous cocktail, Padilla said.

"Oil leaked by vehicles sits on the asphalt," he said. "Since it has a lower specific gravity than water, the oil floats above the water after rainfall. That creates a slick layer of oil that is dangerous."

The rain is expected to hang around Sunday and Monday. The temperature drops on Monday with forecast highs below 50 degrees.

Temperatures Tuesday through Friday will continue to hover in the 50s, according to the National Weather Service.


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