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Snow levels drop to 1,300 feet, flakes falling in Valencia, Santa Clarita

January 2, 2011 |  2:34 pm

Motorists on the Grapevine may have been frustrated by the snow, but a little farther south -– in Valencia -– residents were delighted by the unusual sight of falling snowflakes.

The snow level had dropped to 1,300 feet with flurries falling in Valencia, Canyon Country and Santa Clarita. One to 2 inches of snow were expected to accumulate overnight, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Meier. A frigid upper-level low-pressure system that originated in the Pacific Northwest was expected to keep the snow level at unusually low elevations at least through Monday.

Paul Butler, 45, said his in-laws have been visiting for seven weeks to avoid the "English winter." But they've been greeted instead by bone-chilling temperatures, rainstorms and gusty winds. And then Sunday, snow.

"We were sitting down for the traditional Sunday lunch, and all of the sudden we looked out the window and it's snowing," Butler said. "It's really bizarre. The sky is all white. There are literally flakes of snow coming down."

Butler, who has lived in Valencia for about seven years, said he's only seen it snow one other time, about five or six years ago. His daughter, 14-year-old Brodie, ran outdoors when she saw the snow.

"She just stood outside with her tongue hanging out," Butler said. "We locked the door on her."

Meanwhile, locals took to Twitter to announce the news.

"OMG!!! We have Snow flurries here in Valencia, Ca. I am so so happy, I'm putting on my rubber boots, snow gear & im making a snow man, tehe!" tweeted @JjsRealm.

"I'm in Valencia and actual snow flakes r falling not hail snow!" tweeted @Bikinigurl.


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Photo: Snow covers a car in Valencia. Credit: Kevin Baxter / Los Angeles Times