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Weather Service issues storm warning for L.A. region

March 24, 2011 | 10:30 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a storm warning, saying that powerful winds and widespread snowfalls were expected to hit Los Angeles-area mountains through Friday morning.

Snow levels will be between 4,500 fee and 5,500 feet, the agency said, predicting 6 to 12 inches of snow in mountain areas in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The Weather Service predicted 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of rain across the region.

The Weather Service said southwest winds would reach 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph. Heavy fog in some areas would create hazardous driving conditions.

"The combination of blowing snow and dense fog," the agency said, "could locally reduce visibilities to near zero at times."

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