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Storm brings rain to Southern California, snow to mountains

March 7, 2013 |  7:40 am

A late winter storm is bringing rain and possibly thunderstorms to Southern California on Thursday and Friday, along with up to eight inches of snow in the mountains.

Rainfall amounts will vary, with the potential for brief heavy downpours and small hail, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow level will be in the 3,000- to 4,000-foot range, with four to eight inches likely above 5,000 feet.

The roads that could be affected by snowfall include Interstate 5 near the Grapevine, Highway 14 through Soledad Canyon, Highway 138 in the Antelope Valley and Highway 33 in the Ventura County mountains.

In the Angeles National Forest, portions of Angeles Forest Highway and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road were scheduled to be closed Thursday evening because of snow, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works said on its website. Access to portions of Big Pine Highway and Table Mountain Road will be limited, with chains required.

Drivers heading into the mountains late Thursday and Friday should carry chains along with extra food and clothing, the National Weather Service said. The cold weather -- with temperatures expected to fall into the 20s or lower tonight and Friday night -- could be hazardous for campers and hikers who are not properly equipped, the forecast added.

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