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Scattered showers, thunderstorms expected across Southland

March 8, 2013 |  6:03 am

The steady rain Southern California woke up to Friday was expected to taper off, but forecasters warned that lingering scattered showers and the possibility of thunderstorms were still ahead.

The winter storm moved across the region overnight, with the main moisture band clearing out of Los Angeles County early Friday morning, 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.

"Scattered" was the key word, Thompson said.

"Some areas could see a lot more rain than others," he said.

The storm brought snow to higher elevations, with reports of accumulations at 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 was closed over the Grapevine after reports of snow and ice, 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 at about 80 degrees Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles.

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

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