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Rain and hail pelt the Southland

February 19, 2011 |  6:28 pm

Moderate rain fell on the Southland on Saturday, with scattered bursts of pebble-size hail reported throughout the day, the National Weather Service said. 

By nightfall, about half an inch of rain had fallen in downtown Los Angeles since the storm arrived Thursday, though the rainfall reached more than an inch in Van Nuys and nearly 2 inches in Agoura, the weather service said.

 Hail was spotted in Goleta, Temple City, Whittier and on the 110 Freeway at Slauson Avenue, the weather service said. Weather specialist Bonnie Bartling described the hail as “less than pea-sized,” with no resulting damage. She said mountain areas were expected to get 3 to 7 inches of snow.

 “We can expect snow to get down to 2,500 feet or possibly lower,” she said.

 -- Christopher Goffard