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Big storm moves into Southern California; snow level dropping

October 5, 2011 |  8:59 am


The morning commute got off to a wet, soggy start Wednesday with the arrival of cold front that forecasters say will bring gusty winds and up to 2 inches of rain in mountain areas, the National Weather Service said.

Scattered showers and periods of intense rain were reported across the region Wednesday morning, slowing the commute. But more intense rain is expected for the afternoon drive home. The front will bring rain for about three to four hours Wednesday afternoon but will be quickly pushed out of the region by strong high-altitude winds.

Photos: Southland storm

Snow levels will be above 7,500 feet, and the temperature in mountain areas could drop quickly, prompting the agency to advise people at higher elevations to be prepared for cold conditions if they venture outdoors.

"People hiking in the high country need to be aware ... of this potentially dangerous situation," the agency said in a statement.


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Photo: A pedestrian navigates a wet set of stars along Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Avenue as early morning rain blanketed the Southland Wednesday. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times