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Snow could affect drivers in mountain areas, Weather Service says

December 12, 2011 | 11:14 pm

The National Weather Service said that significant amounts of snow could fall overnight in mountain areas, creating dangerous conditions for motorists during the Tuesday morning commute.

The agency said that six to 10 inches of snow could fall in the foothills of the Antelope Valley and affect highways across the area. "Travel will be especially treacherous and icy on the Pearblossom Highway between Llano and Palmdale," the agency said in a statement.

Other highways that could be affected by snowfalls include California 133 in Ventura County,  the 5 Freeway in the Grapevine area and the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, officials said.

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In mountain areas above 5,000 feet, eight to 14 inches of snow could fall, according to the Weather Service. The agency has issued a winter storm warning that will be in effect until noon Tuesday.


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Photo: Cars were covered Monday with fresh snow at Snow Valley Ski area. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times