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As storm closes in, some L.A. mountain roads will be closed

March 15, 2012 | 12:14 pm

Angeles crest highway

As a major storm front powers its way toward Southern California, several roads within the Angeles National Forest will be closed this weekend due to anticipated icy conditions, Los Angeles County officials said Thursday.

The storm, which is expected to dump about half an inch to 1.5 inches of rain in the Los Angeles Basin, could be one of the biggest in months, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service said.

"In the scale of a winter storm, it’s not huge," weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said. "But it’s probably bigger than what we’ve had in a while."

The road closures will start at 5 a.m. Saturday on Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Angeles Crest Highway to Angeles Forest Highway and on Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.

Access will be maintained only for emergency vehicles until the weather and road conditions improve, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

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-- Bill Kisliuk, Times Community News

Photo: A motorcyclist heads downhill on Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest.  Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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