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

December 9, 2009 |  7:25 am

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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