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Storm could drop snow level to 3,000 feet, causing road problems

February 16, 2011 |  8:49 am

The first of several rain storms moved into Southern California, bringing light showers and some rain-related accidents on local roads.

The California Highway Patrol's website noted scattered accidents around the region due to slick roads, and there were reports of a possible rescue Wednesday morning in the L.A. River in Long Beach.

Snow levels will range from 5,500 to 6,000 feet but will drop to 4,000 to 3,000 feet Wednesday night and Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

The snow could affect driving conditions on Interstate 5 near the Grapevine and on Highway 14 in the Soledad Canyon area.

The weather service said southwest winds will blow from 15 mph to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

The rains should continue through Sunday morning.

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Photo: Dark skies hover over sands of Huntington Beach. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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