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Weather prompts road closures in Angeles National Forest

March 7, 2013 |  7:47 pm

The Los Angeles County Public Works Department said it planned to close portions of roadways Thursday night in the Angeles National Forest based on weather forecasts of snow and icy road conditions.

Starting at 10 p.m., agency officials said motorists would be barred from accessing Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to State Route 2, also known as Angeles Crest Highway, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road between Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway.

A late winter storm was expected to bring rain and possibly thunderstorms to Southern California late Thursday and into Friday, along with up to eight inches of snow in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall amounts would vary, with the potential for brief heavy downpours and small hail, forecasters said. The snow level would be in the 3,000- to 4,000-foot range, with four to eight inches likely above 5,000 feet.

Officials said the closures in the Angeles National Forest would remain in effect until the storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected.

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