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Storm sets stage for cold, wet Los Angeles Marathon

March 17, 2012 |  5:24 pm

A cold winter storm blew through Southern California on Saturday, showering the region with moderate rainfall, dropping snow in the mountains and leaving behind winds, scattered showers and high surf that are expected to linger through the weekend.

Continuing effects of the storm will set the stage for a cold, wet Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, with highs in the mid- to upper-50s -- 12 to 18 degrees below normal.

Forecasters said to expect scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms as a cold, unstable air mass moves its way east, tapering off through the day.

Saturday’s storm whipped up gusty winds topping 50 mph and dropped one-third to 1 inch of rain on most of the region.

The National Weather Service recorded .59 inches falling in downtown Los Angeles, one-third of an inch in Huntington Beach, 1.65 inches in Woodland Hills and more than 3 inches in the San Gabriel Mountains.

The California Highway Patrol reported 422 traffic collisions, seven times the typical rate of 58, as the bulk of the rain came down on the Los Angeles Basin on Saturday morning.


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