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L.A. shivers in the cold as it awaits another rainstorm due Thursday [Updated]

California was dealing with cold temperatures this morning, and another rainstorm is expected to hit the Los Angeles region on Thursday.

Temperatures were in the 40s this morning in the L.A. basin, the 30s in local valleys and the 20s in the high desert.

There is a 70% chance of rain Thursday, with wet conditions expected to continue through the weekend.

The cold has been even more severe in Northern California. Freezing temperatures there caused delays at San Jose and San Francisco airports. In the Sierras, officials were dealing with heavy snow.

[Updated at 10:07 a.m.: More than a dozen flights at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank were canceled or delayed this morning because of frost and chilly temperatures.

“It was pretty cold out here last night,” said airport spokesman Victor Gill.

The temperature around the airport dropped to 33 degrees overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Both Southwest Airlines and US Airways decided to delay a number of flights because of frost on planes. Some were towed to another side of the airport where there was more sun, Gill said.

“I’ve been here 25 years, and I’d never seen anything like this. I’ve never seen frost cause this many delays,” he said.

There were 10 cancellations and five delays on Southwest and one on US Airways. The cancellations included arrivals from Las Vegas, Sacramento, Oakland and San Jose.

“This was not an airport-wide decision; others made the decision to fly,” Gill said. “This is up to the individual pilot. Everything is back to normal.”]

--Shelby Grad and Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: The snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains are a backdrop to the Los Angeles skyline as seen from Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills on Tuesday. Credit: Genaro Molina /Los Angeles Times

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Stories like this are why the rest of the nation mocks Los Angeles.

I'd KILL to be experiencing your "cold" weather...it's 8:30AM now in Portland, OR and 17º

Back in my day, we walked to school 6 miles in the snow up to our hips -- uphill both ways! Kids these days, boy, I don't know...

YESSS!! I hope it stays like this forever!! I hate the heat!

Global warming.

Hey, Where did those mountains come from?

great pic of LA, so that is what it looks like. i think i will stay another 25 years!

WOW! Look at my beautiful city. Bring on the rain! I love it!

I'm from LA and living in NYC. I'll tell you what, the weather in LA is awesome right now!!! Seriously, I wouldn't complain if I was in LA. It's snowing and cold here...don't complain!

I love how spoiled we are in L.A. Everyone's Facebook status these past few days had to do with the weather (including my own). Brrrrrr.

boo hoo, LA. boo hoo.

"Stories like this are why the rest of the nation mocks Los Angeles."

Really? I'm originally from New Orleans. This would be news ANYWHERE along I-10. Maybe you are from Wisconsin or something. Well, you could always go back there.

I laugh along with Aardvark because I grew up in the Midwest a few hours outside of Chicago. The mere thought that frost -- frost!! -- is causing extensive delays at airports is laughable. Angelenos are such babies about weather.

I write this as I shiver in my office with the space heater on full blast. But I won't say it's cold. My Midwest pride won't let me.

Like I care if people mock L.A. Stay where you are. We have great weather year round and the World is jealous. Mock me, bring it on, guess what, I don't hear you as I'm running down to the beach today to play some volleyball in my shorts and get some sun on my tanned body then maybe grab a few of the good waves breaking right now and then have some drinks and food at my friends beach house while we watch our dogs run around on the sand as the sun sets on our beautiful ocean. Yes I hate the cold, anything below 70F is freezing to me. Mock me, go ahead, I still can't hear you, there's sand in my ears.

brrr, I could really use some of that global warming right about now.

No one is complaining about the cold in this article. The issue is that because LA is usually much warmer, the city is not built or prepared for certain kinds of conditions.

If it only happens once or twice a year, it doesn't make any sense to have the kind of (*expensive*) equipment needed to make sure planes are flying safely.

For example, I once flew out of Madrid while it was snowing (and very cold of course). All it entailed was about 15 minutes of a special kind of "wash system" that rid the plane of ice, and we were off. The thing is, Madrid gets icy cold winters every year, so of course, it has the necessary equipment.

Love this "cold spell" as it one of the few times I can wear my favorite leather jacket!

Hopefully next summer temperatures will stay in the 90's. I LOVE L.A. LOVE THE HIGH TEMPERATURES, HATE THE COLD.

From a New Jersey mom to her Los Angeles son: Stay warm and haul out the knitted stuff I've made for you.

If Los Angeles is such a laughing stock, then why are there so many people living here who are from the midwest and northeast? Well, I can't wait for the next earthquake to shake and subsequently scare those who dare mock our beloved city. "oh, end of the world...we just a 4.0 earthquake." Out of towners, I tell ya. LOL!! If this is such a horrible place, leave.

OK, I am in Chicago right now in the middle of a snowstorm and the temp is going to be 8 tonight...and you in LA cancelled flights because of FROST? LOL This is why the rest of the country looks at LA and just shakes its head in amazement...

Beautiful photo!

Extreme weather events will be more and more common say the climatologists that study global climate change. Buy more blankets and sunscreen!

70% chance of rain Thursday? Really? Click on the weather page and it's saying 20%. So which is it?


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