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Major roads open after cold front drops snow, ice

February 27, 2011 |  1:28 pm

Most major roads were open Sunday after a passing cold front brought ice, freezing rain and snow to local mountains and Los Angeles foothill communities.

The Grapevine section of Interstate 5 reopened  about 8:30 a.m. after ice and snow forced its closure Saturday evening. Overnight lows in the area near the Kern County line dipped into the 20s.

Patches of black ice were reported on the 210 Freeway near La Tuna Canyon Road. But all lanes remained open, said Officer Francisco Villalobos of the California Highway Patrol.

“We’re advising people to use caution when driving through some of the upper elevations because theres’s a chance it could still be slippery in areas that are shaded and not getting direct sunlight,” Villalobos said.

Elsewhere, several roads leading to mountain resorts were still affected, including a portion of the Angeles Crest Highway from Big Pine Highway to Largo Vista Road which required chains.

In La Crescenta, at about 1,700 feet, a half-inch of snow fell overnight and there were reports of flurries in Burbank, Santa Clarita and Studio City.  

Long Beach recorded a record low temperature for the date of 35 degrees, eclipsing the previous record of 37 in 1996. Forecasters had expected overnight lows to approach records in other areas but light winds kept temperatures higher.     

The low in downtown Los Angeles was 42, short of the record 38 in 1894, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to increase through Tuesday with another chance of showers Wednesday. A high-pressure system from the Southwest will cause temperatures to climb to around 70 degrees by the weekend, Seto said.

-- Carla Rivera

Photo: A boy walks near Hansen Dam on Saturday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times