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Mountain roads to close before storm hits L.A. area

February 18, 2013 | 10:22 pm

Roads in the Angeles National Forest will be closed early Tuesday because of an incoming storm expected to dump snow and rain across the Los Angeles region and bring cold weather and heavy winds.

The storm is expected to descend on the region beginning Tuesday morning and last through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

"Due to the cold and unstable nature of this system, there is a possibility of thunderstorms, capable of producing brief heavy downpours, small hail and isolated waterspouts," the agency said in a statement.

Rainfall amounts are expected to range from 0.33 inches to 0.66 inches, and up to 10 inches of snow could blanket mountains above 4,500 feet, the agency said. Winds will blow up to 25 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Angeles Forest Highway will be closed from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway, the county Public Works Department said. Big Tujunga Canyon Road also will be closed from Angeles Forest Highway to Angeles Crest Highway.

The closures will begin at 3 a.m. and remain in effect until the storm has passed and the roads can be inspected, officials said.

The weather service said ice and snow could also force officials to close Interstate 5 in  the Grapevine area.

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