March 8, 2013
A stretch of Interstate 5 through the Grapevine remained closed Friday morning because of snow and ice on the roadway, the California Highway Patrol said. Traffic logs indicated both directions of the freeway were closed about 2 a.m. As of 5:15 a.m., the CHP said it was not clear when the roadway would reopen. [Updated 8:10 a.m.: A portion of Interstate 5 on the Grapevine was gradually opening to traffic Friday morning, more than five hours after it was closed because of winter weather.
March 7, 2013
A late winter storm is bringing rain and possibly thunderstorms to Southern California on Thursday and Friday, along with up to eight inches of snow in the mountains. Rainfall amounts will vary, with the potential for brief heavy downpours and small hail, according to the National Weather Service. The snow level will be in the 3,000- to 4,000-foot range, with four to eight inches likely above 5,000 feet. The roads that could be affected by snowfall include Interstate 5 near the Grapevine, Highway 14 through Soledad Canyon, Highway 138 in the Antelope Valley and Highway 33 in the Ventura County mountains.
February 8, 2013
Snow has closed the Grapevine in both directions Friday. The closure is at the Grapevine summit, and officials said they don't know when Interstate 5 will reopen. The National Weather Service said snow will drop to the 2,000-foot level, according to the L.A. Times. "A cold storm system will push southward from the Gulf of Alaska across the forecast area today through tonight. Snow levels will plummet to 2000-3000 feet today. Elevations above 4000 feet can expect between 6 and 10 inches of snow, with lesser amounts across the Santa Barbara mountains and lower elevations," the weather service said in a statement.
February 6, 2013
A cold low-pressure system moving south should reach the Los Angeles area Thursday evening, bringing with it the chance of rain and cooler temperatures through Friday night, according to the National Weather Service. The system is expected to bring low-elevation snow to local mountains that could linger through Saturday, Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told the L.A. Times. Snow levels could reach as low as 3,000 feet by Friday morning, which could create hazardous driving conditions, especially around Interstate 5 through the Grapevine, Rorke said.
January 23, 2013
The day I was born, a snow storm was brewing in Tehran, or at least that's what my mother tells me. I am starting to suspect that my introduction into the world on such a turbulent day has played a part in a lifelong obsession I've had with extremely cold weather. Or, it could be my 365-days-a-year, sun-filled Southern California upbringing that has made me envious of those who have had the pleasure of having actual justified use for wearing thick coats and gloves, of waking up in the morning to a city completely covered in snow or turning on a fireplace because they're actually cold and not just for, you know, an 'experience.' Going to Big Bear Lake and hooking up snow tires to my car was truly a moment of euphoria for me. Meanwhile, friends who had spent winters trying to thaw ice crystals off their eyelashes could not comprehend my obsession.
December 13, 2012
Officials announced plans to reopen mountain roads in the Angeles National Forest at 10 a.m. Thursday after they were closed for overnight snow and icy conditions. The sections of road scheduled to reopen are: Angeles Forest Highway from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Aliso Canyon Road, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, from Angeles Forest Highway to the Angeles Crest Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Public Works Department. A chance of rain and colder than normal temperatures are expected to continue through early next week, according to the National Weather Service.
December 12, 2012
A storm barreling in from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to douse Southern California with rain and snow beginning Wednesday, prompting several mountain road closures. Between a quarter and a half-inch of rain could drench the coast and valleys, while the mountains could get as much as an inch, National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan told the L.A. Times . By Thursday, snow is expected to blanket the mountains as low as 3,500 feet. L.A. County Public Works officials are closing segments of the Angeles Forest Highway and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
October 11, 2012
The tri-city region could see storm cells capable of producing “brief heavy downpours,” hail and “dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning” Thursday evening as a weather system moves across the Southland, according to the National Weather Service. Although there's a 50% chance of rain today, the brunt of the storm isn't expected to hit until tonight, with up to 3 inches of snow possible at elevations above 7,000 feet, the weather service said. Daytime temperatures in the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena area are expected to remain the high-60s to low-70s, but are due to climb on Friday and through the weekend after the storm moves out. By Saturday, expect mostly clear skies with high temperatures in the mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service.
April 12, 2012
More rain is headed to Southern California as a new storm approaches Thursday night into Friday, the National Weather Service says. The storm is expected to hit the West Coast on Thursday and push across Southern California on Friday into the evening, bringing snow and strong winds to the mountains. Steady rain and snow will turn into showers Friday night in the mountains, the weather service said. Snow levels will average 4,500 feet to 5,500 feet and will likely affect Interstate 5 over the Grapevine during the busy Friday evening commute.
February 27, 2012
A cold weather storm moving through L.A. could drop snow as low as 2,000 feet, possibly dusting the Santa Clarita foothills, according to the National Weather Service. Thunderstorms may also produce hail in the east San Fernando Valley hills as the fast-moving storm system rolls through the region with gusty winds and rain showers for most of the day. By Tuesday morning, the storm will have moved on, leaving brisk and sunny conditions before another weather system moves in on Wednesday, bringing with it a 20 percent chance of rain, according the weather service.