Grapevine reopens as record-setting rainstorm moves out
The California Highway Patrol reopened Interstate 5 through the Grapevine on Saturday morning after closing the freeway because of snow.
The storm that caused the snow as well as rain is moving out, but a wind advisory remains in effect Saturday for parts of the region.
The downtown area received 0.48 inches of rainfall, breaking the old record of 0.29 inches for the date, set in 1956.
The cold front brought some small hail to Santa Clarita and Pasadena, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist. Snow fell as low as the 4,000-foot level.
Hail was also reported in several areas of Orange County, and a waterspout was spotted briefly off San Clemente on Friday afternoon.
The wet weather brought an increase in accidents on Los Angeles County freeway. From 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, there were 366 reported collisions, compared with 138 during the same period April 6, when there was no rain, said CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo.
"With the rain, people need to leave a little bit earlier because there are more collisions," Sauquillo said.
Showers are expected to continue throughout the region well into the night, Seto said. Snow showers, sometimes heavy, will remain a possibility overnight in the mountains, as will scattered thunderstorms at lower elevations, the weather service said.
Other areas with record-breaking totals of precipitation Friday included:
- Long Beach Airport: 0.44 inches, breaking the old record of 0.07 inches set in 1976
- Bob Hope Airport (Burbank): 0.89 inches, breaking the old record of 0.36 inches set in 1976
- Lancaster: 0.72 inches, breaking the old record of 0.22 inches set in 1998
- Camarillo: 0.56 inches, breaking the old record of 0.31 inches set in 2003
- Santa Maria Airport: 0.94 inches, breaking the old record of 0.43 inches set in 2003
- Paso Robles Airport: 1.36 inches, breaking the old record of 0.53 inches set in 2003.
-- Hailey Branson-Potts
Photo: Celine Allen, left, and Priscilla Lopez wrestle with their wind-whipped umbrellas during a chilly stroll Friday along the rain-soaked Main Beach boardwalk in Laguna Beach. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times