LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A winter storm pounding Los Angeles County has brought hail and rain to the region, as well as snow to the Cajon Pass along Interstate 15 and Interstate 5 through the Grapevine.
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Forecasters Saturday predicted record low temperatures, along with frost and snow to elevations as low as a thousand feet, across the region.
Showers early Saturday dumped up to three inches of rain in the foothills above Los Angeles, and about a half-inch downtown. Some roads were closed late Friday because of minor debris flow runoff in areas burned by wildfires in 2009.
The snow level dropped to 1,500 feet in parts of Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Luis Obispo counties. The weather service says snow could fall at low elevations in the Santa Monica Mountains and in the Antelope and the Santa Clarita valleys.
Forecasters predict another 6-12 inches of the white powder could accumulate, especially at higher elevations. As a result, a winter storm warning will remain in effect until 9 p.m.
The Cajon Pass remained open while the Grapevine closed Saturday night.
Forecasters say temperatures could dip into the mid 30s after dark in downtown Los Angeles and into the low 30s near beaches, Wooland Hills and Calabasas.
There has also been something forecasters are calling graupel, soft hail or snow pellets, another rarity for Southern California.
Elsewhere, Santa Anita Canyon Road in Arcadia has been closed for the weekend as a result of debris slides that have blocked a portion of the road.
Rain is expected to move out of the region in time for Sunday’s Academy Awards, but the red carpet will likely be chilly and tents have already been put up just incase.
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