Cold storm brings snow, hail to valley, mountains

first_img Los Angeles County fire Capt. Jim Bettencourt, stationed just south of Gorman, watched outdoors Friday as light snow fell. “It’s lightly snowing now,” he said at midmorning. “It’s not really sticking yet, but we’ll see.” Bettencourt has learned from experience to dress warm on days like this. “I’m wearing three layers – two pairs of socks and turnout boots,” he said. “I have gloves and a beanie – my blue beanie doesn’t look too professional with all yellow, but it works for me.” Bettencourt said his crew was out at 5 a.m., when a car had spun out on an icy Gorman bridge, and was stunned that motorists passed at 60 mph. “They’ve got to slow down when the weather’s like this,” he said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The National Weather Service predicted that up to an inch of snow could fall today on the Antelope Valley, and 2 to 6 inches on the foothills around it. The snow level was predicted to be around 2,500 feet today, rising to 3,000 feet Sunday. Snow at 3,000 feet is still low enough to snarl traffic on the Antelope Valley Freeway, which tops 3,200 feet at its highest point between Acton and Agua Dulce. Downtown Palmdale is at about 2,700 feet, central Lancaster about 2,400 feet and Pearblossom about 3,100 feet. A chance of rain or snow persists through Tuesday, the Weather Service said. Caltrans crews and city workers were on standby with little-used snowplows ready to be put into commission. To the west in Frazier Park, schools closed as 2 inches of the white stuff lay on the ground by midmorning, with much more to come. PALMDALE – Snow flurries and hail came and went Friday in the Antelope Valley as a cold storm blew into Southern California from the Gulf of Alaska. Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Mountains was closed overnight but reopened Friday morning with California Highway Patrol officers escorting motorists to make sure they didn’t drive too fast on the slippery pavement. CHP officers also escorted Interstate 5 traffic through Tejon Pass because of light snow. “At this point we haven’t really seen any significant increase in the amount of incidents,” CHP traffic management center Officer Francisco Villalobos said Friday. last_img read more