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L.A. rain prompts mudslide warning in foothills and causes tough morning commute

April 5, 2010 |  7:28 am

Rain returned to Los Angeles on Monday morning, causing several accidents, and prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash-flood warning for burn areas.

The warning covers foothill areas burned in last year's Station Fire, which are vulnerable to mudslides during intense downpours. "The flood advisory, effective through 10:30 a.m., was triggered by locally
intense rain that started about 6:30 a.m. and caused some street flooding," the NWS said in a bulletin.

With the rain come cold temperatures and windy conditions. Snow levels were expected to drop to 5,000 feet on Monday, and winds in some canyons were clocked at more than 50 mph.

Several accidents were reported Monday morning, including a big-rig accident that temporarily closed a section of Interstate 5 in Commerce.

-- Shelby Grad

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