Winter storm to bring rain and snow to Southern California

A rainbow, the result of scattered rains, crosses the Los Angeles sky.
A rainbow, the result of scattered rains, crosses the Los Angeles sky. Kevin Wong/Flickr/Creative Commons

A winter storm is approaching Southern California, where it's expected to bring freezing temperature, thunder, rain and snow as low as 2,000 feet.

The National Weather Service says the storm from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to reach Southern California Tuesday.

The storm entered Northern California Monday and the heaviest snow is expected to drop Tuesday, bringing up to 10 inches above 3000 feet and 2 to 4 inches in the foothills above 2000 feet.

In Southern California, forecasters say temperatures will likely drop 10 to 15 degrees and snow could reach low-elevation mountain areas. A wind advisory warned of gusts up to 35 mph for coastal areas.

Several mountain roads are closed due to the expected snowfall, including: 

  • Angeles Forest Hwy from Aliso Canyon Rd to Angeles Crest Hwy (SR-2)
  • Big Tujunga Canyon Rd from Angeles Forest Hwy to Vogel Flats
  • Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd from Angeles Forest Hwy to Angeles Crest Hwy 
  • (SR-2)

The storm is expected to move out of the state by Wednesday.

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