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Cold Winter Storm Arrives In Southern California

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A cold winter storm moved into the Southland Saturday, bringing heavy showers, high winds and snow to parts of the region.

CBS2 Meteorologist Kaj Goldberg says the foothills could get up to 3 inches of rainfall with thunderstorms possible through Sunday.

Meantime, the National Weather Service issued wind advisories for Orange County all the way to the Inland Empire.

For L.A. Marathon runners, this weekend’s storm could be déjà vu. Last year, it rained as well. Thousands of blankets, heat sheets, plastic bags, as well as warming buses, are on standby along the running routes.

The weather is likely to have an impact on St. Patrick’s Day festivities and travel to the mountains as well where a winter storm warning was posted. It is set to expire Sunday.

Snow levels for the mountains are expected to drop to 2000 feet by late Saturday with up to a foot and a half of snow possible by Sunday afternoon, according to Goldberg.

Officers are asking those heading to the mountains to bring chains and the CHP is reminding drivers to slow down on slippery roads.

They also want drivers to consider avoiding the Cajon Pass which might be impassable with a big snow.

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