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Cold front brings wind, rain, possible hail to Southern California

April 13, 2012 | 10:59 am

Snow in Frazier Park
A cold front making its way from the Pacific into Southern California is expected to bring more showers, some high winds and possibly, some hail.

Already, pea-sized hail has begun to pelt Ventura County, said David Sweet, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

As temperatures around Los Angeles County dip into the low 50s, a snowstorm is expected to hit the mountains, causing snow levels to drop to as low as 3,500 feet. Eight to 14 inches of snow is expected to fall above 5,500 feet.

South-to-southwest winds will blow across mountain areas, gusting to 55 mph. Then the wind may start howling from the northwest at up to 45 mph.

“Anyone planning to drive north on Interstate 5 over the Grapevine is advised to check road conditions,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

He advised people headed to the mountains to do the same.

The weekend is expected to be cool, breezy and dry with partly cloudy skies on Saturday and sunshine on Sunday. Temperatures will range from the upper 50s to lower 70s.

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Photo: Mojeeh Joy Sadeghpour, a Santa Monica school teacher, enjoys a walk in the snow Friday during her spring break in Frazier Park in Kern County. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.

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