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Hail storm has Los Angeles talking, snapping photos

March 8, 2013 |  2:00 pm

Los Angeles was surprised by a rare hail storm Friday as a weather system dumped a good amount of snow in the mountains.

Hail was reported in the Westside, Hollywood and parts of the San Fernando Valley.

A rainstorm moved across the region overnight, said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Scattered showers were expected into the evening, along with a chance of thunderstorms.

The storm brought snow to higher elevations, with reports of accumulations between 3,000 and 3,500 feet, Thompson said. A winter storm warning was in effect for mountain areas until 10 p.m.; the Antelope Valley was under a winter weather advisory until noon.

Interstate 5 had been closed over the Grapevine after reports of snow and ice, but has reopened, California Highway Patrol said.

Temperatures Friday were expected to hover in the mid- to upper 50s, Thompson said.

Saturday morning could bring some clouds and a slight chance of showers, Thompson said, but after that, warm weather was on the way. Temperatures in the 70s were expected starting Sunday, peaking around 80 degrees Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles.

"If we survive through this evening, we should be good," Thompson said. "Back to summer-like weather."

Here are some images aggregated on social media:

--Kate Mather and Shelby Grad
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