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Forecasters say cold storms expected to hit Southern California

February 14, 2011 | 10:23 pm

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement, saying that light rain could  begin falling Monday night in Santa Barbara County and farther south by Tuesday.

"A more significant storm is then expected to push into San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties by early Wednesday morning, then spread south into Ventura and Los Angeles counties Wednesday afternoon," the weather service said.

The agency said snow levels were expected to be around 6,000 feet initially but could fall as low as 4,000 feet by Wednesday night. The snowfalls could affect travel on Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area, according to the weather service.

A much colder storm is expected to hit the region Friday and Saturday, pushing snow levels as low as 3,000 feet, the weather service said.

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