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UPDATED: Rainy days, rainy nights and a glimmer of sun for Valentine's Day

Snow level could drop below 4,000 feet this weekend

Posted: February 14, 2009 12:16 a.m.
Updated: February 14, 2009 12:12 a.m.

Emi Shimamoto, 15, left, and Jackie Shimamoto, 16, make their way through the rain and across the River Oaks shopping center parking lot Friday afternoon after buying See's Candies chocolates for Valentine's Day.

Rain pelted the Santa Clarita Valley Friday, dumping nearly an inch by 3:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, as locals on last-minute Valentine's Day shopping missions braved the nasty weather. 

More than an inch fell in the hills surrounding Acton and included some snow.

Slick roads caused several fender-benders in the SCV Friday but no serious injuries, said Sgt. Brian Allen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Cars slid along the dirt roads leaving the valley, and a snow plow tried to keep Sierra Highway, north of Acton, clear.

Los Angeles County Fire units were called to fewer traffic collisions than expected on a rainy day, Inspector Sam Padilla said.

"There were a few fender-benders and nothing else," he said.

The National Weather Service's updated weekend forecast calls for a break in the deluge for Valentine's Day, with partly sunny skies and a high near 52, as the next storm front moves across coastal California more slowly than originally predicted.

Odds of rain increase to 20 percent tonight and Sunday, when the high will increase to 58 and southeast winds could gust up to 28 mph, according to the service.

The chance of rain jumps to 70 percent by Sunday night with a low around 46 and southeast gusts up to 28 mph.

There's an 80 percent chance of precipitation Monday; expect rain before 6 a.m., then showers through 10 a.m., and a high near 53. The odds for rain dip to 50 percent Monday night.

The snow level could drop below 4,000 feet, the service predicts.

Expect a chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures ranging from 42 to 59.

After skies clear Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday will be mostly sunny, with highs near 61 and lows around 44, according to the service.

Katie Geyer contributed to this report.


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