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Scattered snow showers dampen Los Angeles County foothills

February 26, 2011 |  1:12 pm

A combination of snow and sleet fell in the mountains and foothills of Los Angeles County on Saturday as cold air followed a system of low pressure that swept through Southern California overnight.

Wet, fast-melting snowflakes fell in La Crescenta and dusted the courtyard of the La CaƱada YMCA, sending groups of children into paroxysms of excitement, along with some adults. One woman grabbed her phone, dialed and announced: "It's snowing at the Y. The Y."

Unlike snowfall at higher elevations, this stuff didn't stick. However, a pair of girls advised each other on how to catch snowflakes on their tongues.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm will continue to generate scattered snow Saturday, although the heaviest precipitation ended overnight. Much of the Los Angeles area will experience windy conditions Saturday with gusts reaching up to 45 mph in the evening.

There is a chance that snowfall could increase at higher elevations and a winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. According to the weather service, snow is expected over the 5 and 14 freeways through Saturday.

-- Jessica Garrison and Monte Morin