LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A cold storm out of the Gulf of Alaska brought rain and snow to Southern California Thursday evening.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 a.m. Friday.READ MORE: LA County To Expand Access To Coronavirus Vaccine To More Essential Workers Starting Monday
Rainfall totals of up to 0.75 inches in the coast and valleys, and as much as 1.50 inches across foothill and mountain areas, were expected.
Affected mountain areas began seeing snow late Thursday night, with accumulations ranging from 2 inches at lower elevations to 6 inches above 5,500 feet.
In Wrightwood, rain turned to snow shortly after 9 p.m. as drivers worried about whether or not they’d be able to get back down the mountain.READ MORE: Biden's $1.9 Trillion Relief Bill Passes House, But Faces Senate Hurdle
Caltrans has already applied a brine solution to mountain freeways to prepare for the expected 2- to 4-inch overnight snowfall and warned drivers to bring tire chains.
Gusty winds over the mountains and high deserts, with gusts of 35 to 55 mph possible, began late Thursday afternoon.
Travel delays were expected on mountain passes, like the Grapevine, as conditions deteriorated and snow accumulated.
Shortly before 9 p.m. California Highway Patrol tweeted that it was escorting people through the Grapevine, but stopped shortly before 11 a.m.MORE NEWS: Moreno Valley Man Accused Of Trying To Bury Wife Alive At San Diego Beach
Dry conditions were expected to return Friday, although cloudy conditions could persist through Saturday, with a warm-up expected later in the weekend.