Los Angeles Weather: Hail seen in Studio City as more wind, rain and snow drench SoCal
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A strong late-season Pacific storm that brought heavy rain and snow hit southern California hard Tuesday and is expected to continue for another day.
The storm concentrated most of its energy in the central and southern parts of the state, bringing with it the threat of heavy runoff and snowfall in the mountains.
Video obtained by Eyewitness News showed hail in Studio City.
A sudden downpour hit Pasadena Tuesday afternoon and a similar scene was reported in Riverside as torrential rain and strong winds lashed through the Inland Empire.
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“I’m ready for a run outside, maybe with some sun and no umbrella,” said a local resident walking in Pasadena.
A torrential flow of muddy runoff in Cajon Pass surprised several drivers, including a man driving an SUV who was swept away by the fast-moving water. The SUV got stuck, but the driver is fine.
Meanwhile, in the mountains of San Bernardino, poor winter weather made for dangerous driving conditions as snow continued to fall.
In Mar Vista, a massive tree fell on several cars near Pearl Street and Wellesley Avenue.
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Despite the problems, some hope the rain will continue.
“I don’t think we need it anymore, but a lot of people want to see the sun again, but I personally love it,” said Susan Montoya of Camarillo.
In Orange County, crews continued to keep tabs on a San Clemente mound that collapsed last week.
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Meanwhile, truckers, commuters and the California Highway Patrol keep a close eye on the Grapevine.
Snow fell around the 5 freeway through the pass late Tuesday afternoon, and some of it was beginning to stick to the pavement. At around 5 p.m., the CHP began carefully escorting the drivers through the Grapevine.
The National Weather Service said the storm is a Pacific depression that has been interacting with California’s 12th atmospheric flow since late December. The state’s unexpected wet weather siege after years of drought also included February snowstorms driven by arctic air.
The storms have caused flooding and piled mountains with so much snow that roofs have caved in and crews have struggled to keep highways avalanche-free.
Mammoth Mountain Resort in the eastern Sierra Nevada announced it will remain open for skiing and snowboarding through at least the end of July.
With 634 inches of snowfall at the main lodge this season, it was probably just a storm away from beating the all-time record of 668 inches set in the 2010-2011 season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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