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California storm to make guest appearance at Coachella

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An electrifying weather event (that struck a jet with lightning as it was leaving San Francisco Thursday night) is making a stopover in Southern California.

Some parts of the state will get the full wrath experience with lightning, hail, and gale-force winds on Friday, while others will see scattered showers and snow, according to the National Weather Service.

In Indio, where tens of thousands are gathering for the first of two weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the temperature is expected to get low, and blow, thanks to some wind accompaniment.

Happy Friday the 13th, rockers.


Pacific storms pace toward Los Angeles, packing precipitation

Severe Rain Storms Continue To Threaten The Los Angeles Area

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A pair of Pacific storms are pacing toward the Southland this week with the possibility of snow, gusty winds, and raindrops in the region.

According to the National Weather Service, sections of L.A. could see rain after midnight tonight, with scattered showers into Wednesday. The snow level is expected around 4,500 ft., with four to eight inches of accumulation possible above 6,000 ft.

Blowing snow and zero visibility warnings prompted a winter weather travel advisory, and NWS forecasters say local mountain areas should be on alert from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Depending on the system's trajectory, a followup event is possible later in the week when the sky stands to pour precipitation Thursday night into Friday, with more wind and snow possible.


Surf's up, but other things are falling down

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(March 31, 2012: Huntington Beach, CA)

And the wind doth blow.

Some areas of Los Angles awoke from a misty rain to find gusty, sunny skies, while others are dealing with a devil of a snow drift. At the beach, there's nothing to do but wave.

The National Weather Service posted a variety of weather warnings earlier this week, and are continuing to update as they monitor conditions around the region.

Here's what some of your neighbors are saying about the weekend weather:


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.


A gust of wind, a dog barks, cue the truck: High winds tip big rig and down power lines in SoCal

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From the mountains to the coastlines, Santa Ana winds have prompted High Wind Warnings across Southern California until 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

Already, winds have cause traffic accidents, freeway congestion and downed utility lines. Above Point Mugu an 83 mph gust was reported Friday morning at Ventura County's Laguna Peak, the National Weather Service said.

On the roads, a tractor-trailer rig was flipped onto its side blocking two lanes of the westbound I-210 freeway below the Cajon Pass, a California Department of Transportation spokeswoman said. 

In Fontana, where 50 mph winds were registered, utility lines came down over the westbound I-10 freeway and were reportedly scraping the tops of trucks.

Winds are expected to lose their oomph in Los Angeles and Ventura County by Friday afternoon.