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Snow causes traffic nightmare in Southern California

01-04-2011 08:04 BJT

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Heavy snow and strong winds hit Southern California overnight, blocking numerous roads across the region, authorities said on Monday.

The snow closed many mountain roads and some highways, including Interstate 5, the state's vital north-south corridor, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP). Hundreds, if not thousands, of motorists were stranded for hours along Interstate 5 and mountain and pass roads, the CHP said.

People trying to get back into the region from holiday weekends to the north reported delays that lasted 12 hours or more, said the CHP.

"The snow will continue to have a serious impact on all travel into or through the mountains overnight and Monday," according to a National Weather Service (NWS) statement.

People traveling into the mountains, Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley should closely monitor the latest weather forecasts and be prepared for dangerous winter weather conditions, the NWS advised.

While the weather is creating slippery roads in the mountains, no major mudslides or flash floods have been reported, although that could change in coming days as hillsides are already waterlogged from one of the wettest Decembers ever, the service said.

The service predicted another day of snow that could drop as low as 1,500 feet, affecting not only mountain passes, but also the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

The L.A. Basin could see scattered showers through Monday afternoon, according to the forecast.

Winds of 15 to 25 mph, gusting up to 35 mph, will make the weather feel even colder than it is, the NWS said.

A slight warming trend is forecast for Tuesday, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the 60s.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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