Update 4:41 p.m. Crews are working to restore power Wednesday to 744 customers in Sunland where a power line is down. The cause of the outage is unknown, but a tweet from DWP suspects lightning to be the culprit.
Sunland Power Outage: 744 customers w/o power due possible lightning strike. Crews on scene & will work 2 repair equip & restore power ASAP.— LADWP (@LADWP) April 2, 2014
Meanwhile, storm clouds are casting dark shadows over Southern California areas, where even hail has been reported.
Previously 7:54 a.m. Rain continues in the Los Angeles area Wednesday with the National Weather Service forecasting scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms that could produce small hail.
The NWS also predicts west winds increasing to 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon and evening with winds strongest near the coast.
Based on the forecast of snow and icy road conditions, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works has closed public access to the following road segments in the Angeles National Forest, effective Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.
- Angeles Forest Hwy. from Aliso Canyon Rd. to Angeles Crest Hwy.
- Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Rd. from Angeles Crest Hwy. to Angeles Forest Hwy.
Local access will not be permitted until the road closures are lifted. Closures will remain in effect until the storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected.
Residents and motorists can visit the CARE website at www.dpwcare.org or follow Public Works @dpwCARE for updates on road conditions. They can also sign up to receive instant notifications through Public Works’ eNotify system at www.dpw.lacounty.gov.