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White Wednesday: A light blanketing of SoCal snow photos

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There's no business like snow business, even when the snow looks remarkably like rain. 

Snow in the Southland means a blanketing of frosty photos online, and these transmissions come from all points Palmdale, Phelan, Leona Valley and more, as well as some road shots from the Grapevine (be careful!), and the world's tiniest snow ball on a blade of shag carpeting.

East coasters, mid-westerners, and basically anyone who doesn't live in the tropics, please look away. This is just going to make you angry.

 

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First of two storms hits LA

Winter Storm Forces Interstate 5 To Close

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Accumulated snow sits on trucks stranded because Interstate 5, the main route between Los Angeles, to the south, and Sacramento and San Francisco, remains closed due to snow on Jan. 24, 2008, in Frazier Park, California. The National Weather Service says to expect winter conditions near the Grapevine this week.

High temperatures in the valleys will be mostly in the low 60s as the first of this week’s two storms passes through. Bonnie Bartling of the National Weather Service said L.A. will receive small amounts of rain Monday and Wednesday.

“Any rain amounts could be anything from zero to a trace, maybe a quarter inch, unless in the interior areas we got a thunderstorm, might get a little more than a quarter inch,” she said.

But driving in the region north of L.A., including the Grapevine, could be a problem due to wind and approaching snow.

“Snow levels could get down to 3,000 feet at times, also the foothills in the Antelope Valley in Soledad Pass, so I would definitely be in tune for winter weather conditions. And then we’ll have some gusty winds so probably seem rather chilly,” she said.

Bartling is predicting another storm Wednesday, but skies should clear by the end of the week.

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Rain with a chance of more rain on Tuesday

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Rain, says the National Weather Service, is expected in these parts. Like so many of us, the sky will probably start crying after 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. 

A storm system off the coast will be moving east through the region with the high Tuesday expected to reach 62 degrees, with wind between 5 and 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent and showers will probably call it quits before 10:00 p.m., notes NWS.

A hazardous weather outlook and special weather statement were issued Monday in advance of the non-sunny stint

Strong winds ahead of a cold front may gust more than 60 mph through mountains near San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Additional coastal water wind warnings were also issued.

Light to moderate mountain snow above 6000 feet elevations is possible in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and a period of three to eight hours of moderate rain is expected.

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SoCal Edison apologizes for slow response after November's wind storm

Los Angeles Area Hit With Powerful Santa Ana Winds

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PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 1: A tree lies fallen between the cars of a playground train after strong Santa Ana Winds cause the worst local wind damage in decades on December 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California. As many as 230,000 were without power and the city of Pasadena closed schools and declared a state of emergency.Ê (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Area Hit With Powerful Santa Ana Winds

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A boy whose school was closed climbs fallen trees on Green Street after strong Santa Ana Winds that are cauing the worst local wind damage in decades on Dec. 1, 2011 in Pasadena.

Los Angeles Area Hit With Powerful Santa Ana Winds

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PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 1: Broken branches and fallen trees nearly engulf a house as strong Santa Ana Winds cause the worst local wind damage in decades on December 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California. As many as 230,000 were without power and the city of Pasadena closed schools and declared a state of emergency. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Toppled tree uprooted near Griffith Park

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Strong winds uprooted this huge tree off Los Feliz Blvd. near Griffith Park on Dec. 1, 2011.

Palm fronds in Los Feliz

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Palm tree fronds litter a street in Los Feliz in the wake of strong winds.

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Winds take over KPCC Reporter Steve Julian's backyard

A worker directs traffic near a fallen eucalyptus in South Pasadena

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A worker directs traffic near a fallen eucalyptus in South Pasadena


The president of Southern California Edison is sending letters of apology to the hundreds of thousands of people who were left without electricity after last month's devastating windstorm.

The letters began going out Friday.

Ron Litzinger says Edison crews performed "extraordinarily well" after the Nov. 30 storm. But he adds the utility learned from its customers that it could do better in the future, including in efforts to get word out on how long to expect power to be off.

Some 430,000 Southern California residences and businesses lost power when wind gusts approaching 100 mph in some areas felled hundreds of trees and power poles.

Some outages lasted a week, and many people complained that Edison officials wouldn't give an estimate when electricity might be restored.

SoCal Edison apology letter

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