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Snow, ice threat forces road closures in Angeles National Forest

December 12, 2011 |  5:49 pm

Roads in the Angeles National Forest have been closed because of the threat of ice and snow from a powerful storm that has battered the region and snarled freeways during the Monday evening rush-hour commute.

The Angeles Forest Highway has been closed from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway, Los Angeles County officials said. Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road is also shut down from Angeles Forest Highway to State Route 2.

Big Tujunga Canyon Road is closed from Vogel Flats Road to Angeles Forest Highway.

For the latest information on mountain-area closures, see the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works website.

The California Highway Patrol reported Monday evening that snow was falling on Angeles Forest highways but not sticking. A number of SigAlerts were reported Monday evening on Southern California freeways from Oxnard to Moreno Valley.

In the Cajon Pass, the CHP was escorting motorists because of snowfalls.

The snow level is expected to drop to 2,500 feet, according to the National Weather Service. At higher elevations, accumulations are expected to range from 8 to 14 inches.

The weather service said snow is expected to begin falling Monday night in the Antelope Valley, creating potentially hazardous conditions on the Grapevine  and state highways 14 and 138.

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