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Southland Due for More Wet Weather

Showers bring downtown L.A.'s total to almost normal for the date while mountain resorts get several inches of snow.

February 28, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

Light rain and snow fell across Southern California on Thursday, and forecasters said the dank, blustery weather could continue for a week, with more showers possible Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Weather Service said 0.2 of an inch of rain had fallen in downtown Los Angeles by nightfall Thursday.

That raised the total amount of rainfall for the season, which runs from July 1 through June 30, to 10.37 inches, 0.3 of an inch less than the normal total for the date.

Other daily rainfall figures Thursday included 0.52 of an inch in Newport Beach, 0.46 in Torrance, 0.34 in Redondo Beach, 0.3 in Monrovia, 0.26 in Oxnard, 0.24 in Altadena, 0.21 in Yorba Linda, 0.17 in Thousand Oaks, 0.12 at Fullerton Municipal Airport and 0.06 in Simi Valley.

Temperatures in the coastal valleys ranged mostly from the low 40s to the upper 50s, about 5 degrees cooler than normal in late February.

Two to three inches of snow fell at ski resorts in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains, adding to amounts of up to a foot that fell earlier in the week.

Light snow dusted Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass and Interstate 5 in the Tejon Pass, but the California Highway Patrol said it melted quickly and there were no serious traffic problems.

Cool, breezy, partly cloudy weather is expected to prevail in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties through Monday, followed by increasing cloudiness and a chance of more rain and snow later in the week.

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