LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern California was getting an early taste of winter Friday, as the region saw more high winds, rain showers and snow.
Winter storm warnings remained effect for local mountains, winter weather advisories were in force for the Antelope Valley, and wind and flash-flood advisories were also in place.
CBS2’s Louisa Hodge reported that there was a significant amount of snow in Wrightwood, where chains were required on all vehicles.
In Big Bear, merchants are hoping for a bustling weekend even though the Snow Summit ski area has yet to open.
“Business doubles with the snow. Everybody shows up for the snow … It’s like the best thing that ever happens to Big Bear,” said Rachel Corbett, an employee at Whiskey Dave’s bar.
CBS2 meteorologist Evelyn Taft said much of the rain has moved east, but high wind advisories will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Friday for Anaheim, Irvine, Riverside and Santa Ana.
On Thursday, Palmdale reported .49 inches of rain, LAX recorded .39 inches, Santa Monica had .22 and Simi Valley had .35 of an inch.
Hail pounded windshields in the northern Antelope Valley and created a crunchy crust on the ground, while thunderstorms brought lightning to the area.
Major streets were flooded in the Antelope Valley, KCAL9’s Rachel Kim said, such as Avenue K in Lancaster.
In the lower elevations of the Inland Empire, floodwaters trapped cars in Moreno Valley, and contributors to the CBSLA Street Team sent in images of heavy rain in the communities of Lake Mathews, Devore and Muscoy.
Officer Eric Priessman of the California Highway Patrol offered a simple warning to drivers: don’t go faster than conditions allow. Motorists can be cited for unsafe driving even if they are traveling within the speed limit when roads are slick or it’s raining heavily.
Priessman said CHP officers were busy responding to accidents — “running from crash to crash, from call to call.”
KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports several roads in the Angeles National Forest were closed Friday ahead of snow and expected icy road conditions.