Snow, Record Cold Possible For L.A. This Weekend: Thank God It's Freezing
It snowed in metro L.A. Saturday. Check the photos out here.
johnwilliamsphd Snow could be en route to L.A.
East Coasters like to make fun of us for complaining about brisk winter temps in the low 60s this time of year. But we do get real "weather," and this weekend is about to prove it. It never rains in L.A? Try snow. Maybe.
Following rain overnight Friday a real blast of cold air will chill you like a York Peppermint Pattie.
But wait, there's more:
It's possible -- we repeat, possible -- that snow could fall in parts of the L.A. basin. And we use basin loosely here.
At one point the National Weather Service stated that snow was even possible in the Santa Monica Mountains. But they subsequently pulled the advisory.
Still, NWS weather specialist Stuart Seto tells the Weekly that occasional snow showers are likely Saturday and that they could reach down to 1,500 feet. The Los Angeles Times made a big deal out of that: The Hollywood sign is 1,578 above sea level.
So imagine white stuff on that white sign. Oh, yeah, you probably wouldn't notice. La Crescenta, at about 2,000 feet, is a more likely candidate.
Indeed, Seto says some of the white stuff probably will fall -- he expects the interstate 5's Grape Vine to be closed by snow -- but probably won't "stick" to the ground.
As for the temps, he notes that the low temperature downtown on Friday would have to hit 40 to match the record for the date. On Saturday the goal is 37. Both records were set in ... 1894.
Saturday's low is projected to be 39. It'll predicted to be 31 in Woodland Hills.
"It's going to be close," Seto says. "It's going to be windy, cold, rainy, with icy conditions on the road and black ice."
"Definitely be careful out there."
Like we said, TGIF.
Update: L.A. County says the following mountain roads have been closed Friday afternoon as a result of "snow and icy road conditions:"
-Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2);
-Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Big Tujunga Dam to Angeles Forest Highway; and
-Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.
Local access will not be permitted until the road closures are lifted.
First posted at 7:05 a.m.