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Snow to shut down Angeles National Forest roads

December 12, 2012 | 11:03 am

Roads in the Angeles National Forest will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday because of expected snow and ice from a storm making its way to Southern California from the Gulf of Alaska.  

The Angeles Forest Highway from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon to Aliso Canyon Road will be shut down, said officials with the Los Angeles County Public Works Department. Upper Big Tujunga Road from Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest Highway also will be closed.  

Authorities will not allow any local access during the road closures, which will stay in effect until the storm has passed and the roads and highway have been inspected.

Between a quarter-inch and half an inch of rain could drench the coast and valleys, while the mountains could get as much as an inch, said meteorologist Curt Kaplan with the National Weather Service.

By Thursday, snow is expected to blanket the mountains as low as 3,500 feet, possibly making areas like the Grapevine more difficult to traverse.

A winter weather advisory for the mountains that begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. and ends 24 hours later warns of breezy winds with gusts up to 40 mph.

Temperatures in the region will be below normal -- in the high 50s to mid-60s though the weekend. Forecasters anticipate the possibility of rain lingering through Tuesday.

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