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Snow levels could drop to 2,500 feet; snow warning issued for area mountains

January 2, 2011 |  8:11 am

Pacific Southwest sector

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for snow in local mountains and passes as another storm system moves into Southern California.

The storm warning runs from 9 a.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. on Monday.

The warning says periods of moderate-to-heavy snow are possible, with accumulations of up to 12 inches. Snow flurries and dense fog will severely reduce visibility on some mountain roads, according to the NWS.

Rain is expected Sunday afternoon in the L.A. Basin, with the heaviest downpours expected Sunday night and Monday morning.

The bone-chilling storm system dropping down from the Gulf of Alaska and swirling easterly winds could push snow levels down to 2,000 feet in the Antelope Valley starting Sunday, and Southern California mountains could see another foot of snow above 4,500 feet, said Bonnie Bartling, a specialist at the National Weather Service.

Drivers braving the Grapevine and Cajon Pass should be prepared for dangerous winter conditions, weather service officials said.

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Map credit: National Weather Service

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