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Wave hello to the giant surf and prepare for the weekend weather to blow


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The weather will get windy this weekend, say forecasters, as dangerously high gusts and significant ground swells prepare to pound a number of Southland regions.

With a fast-moving storm set to hit Saturday night, the National Weather Service has issued a variety of heads-up hazard warnings for driving conditions near the Grapevine, and surf conditions near the shoreline.

Ventura Co. could see between two and four inches of snow (less is expected in Los Angeles County), while the action at the beach could prove perilous with rip currents likely and extremely high surf.

Expect cloudy skies, notes the NWS, with temperatures staying on the mild side -- highs in the 60s and 70s.


Lights out around SoCal after wild and stormy weekend

Severe Rain Storms Continue To Threaten The Los Angeles Area

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As another Monday repents for its wild and stormy weekend, thousands of blacked-out Southern California homes are left wondering what happened to their electricity.

The weekend storm -- that knocked down power lines, patted the mountains with snow, and turned traffic into a multi-lane Slip 'n Slide -- darkened 21,000 homes at its peak.

Downtown Los Angeles splashed through an inch of rain during the weekend downpour, and two to three inches were recorded in Santa Monica Mountains and coastal Malibu.

Southern California Edison reports approximately 2,000 homes are still powerless Monday morning. More than 4,000 San Diego customers lost electricity before Monday 1 a.m. but have since seen the utility restored.

As the storm blows out of town today, another inch or two of snow could be recorded in the mountains.


Stormy weather: Lights out for some, snow days for others

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Southern California Edison says nearly 150,000 people were affected by electricity outages during last weekend's storm, and that more than 10,000 homes are still without electricity. 

High winds knocked down service lines and one death was reported near Sacramento when a tree fell onto a house killing a little girl.  Several school districts and sections of freeway in San Bernardino and San Diego counties closed Monday because of snow and ice.

Temps are expected to rise this week, according to the National Weather Service. Monday should hit a high of 60 degrees and continue to rise to just under 70 degrees at least until Friday. There's a small chance a small storm may stop by for a sprinkle.


Sloshin' 2, Hypothermia Boogaloo: Cold rain may meet LA Marathon runners on Sunday

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L.A. Marathon 2012 runners may be racing in the rain for the second year in a row, according to the National Weather Service.

The 26-mile feat of strength begins March 18 at 7:24 a.m. at Dodger Stadium, and will likely have a weather component added in for extra challenge.

Sunday's runners can expect rainshowers throughout the day, while temperatures are not expected to break 55 degrees.

Last year, more than 300 Los Angeles Marathoners were evaluated for hypothermia following the deluge de résistance. At least 20 people were hospitalized for a variety of ailments.

Event registration for the amibitious and admirable is still open.

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What the hail?! Cold weather storm is freaking out L.A.

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The less-than-sunny weather that was supposed to leave on Tuesday has decided to stay a while in Los Angeles and get its head together. Temperature highs in the 50s will be crashing on your couch until further notice.

A cold weather storm is currently freaking out the Southland with a flurry of hail, snow, wind, rain, rip tides, dangerous swells, a bit of thunder and traffic accidents, says the National Weather Service and the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP closed Interstate 5 through the Grapevine on Monday afternoon as light snow began falling on the mountain pass, the L.A. Times reported.

The NWS issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the mountains until 10:00 p.m. Monday. Keep an eye open for snow around 2500-foot elevations, gusty winds from 20-45 miles per hour, and slick roads. For the board-toting beaches-goers, the weather service warns of high surf up to nine feet, and dangerous, quick-moving currents.