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Weekend ahead should be a great opportunity to head outdoors

January 22, 2010 |  1:58 pm

Even the foothills above La Crescenta received a dusting of snow.

A respite this weekend from the storms that have been pounding the region, coupled with the glut of snow from them, probably has those who have been stuck inside all week ready to head to the great outdoors to take advantage of both.

Just a reminder to be sure to have patience and use common sense when venturing out. Remember to have tire chains in your vehicle, just in case, as well as drinking water and perhaps taking some snacks for the road, as there may be delays caused by travel conditions and by other drivers. 

There may also be risk of falling rock and landslides because of saturated soil, and avalanche from all the fresh snow.

Travelers might want to check the websites for specific areas they are heading to (for instance, Yosemite National Park announced the closure of all roads into the park this morning), or check SigAlert.com or the Caltrans highway conditions Web page. Caltrans also offers a toll-free number, (800) 427-7623, to call for current highway conditions.

Here's hoping readers take the opportunity to get out and enjoy the crisp, fresh air these storms leave behind. Be safe and have fun!

-- Kelly Burgess

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Photo: Even the foothills above La Crescenta received a dusting of snow. Credit: Scott Bassin