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L.A. area gets drizzle, possible snow at higher elevations

L.A. area gets drizzle, possible snow at higher elevations
Joshua Cruz of Los Angeles, silhouetted by clouds, walks through a downtown stairwell on Thursday, which was marked by intermittent rain. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles area received a light drizzle Thursday evening and could even get a bit of snow at higher elevations later Thursday night as a result of a weak cold front that was limping across the region, forecasters said.

About an inch of snow could accumulate from 6,000 to 8,000 feet on northern slopes of mountains in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Any snow that does fall won't last long.

"Tomorrow it will quickly melt off," said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

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As of Thursday evening, Del Valle in northeastern Los Angeles County had reported 0.03 of an inch of rain, Oxnard had 0.02 of an inch and Lompoc had 0.03 of an inch, according to the Weather Service.

The Weather Service said the cold front was also expected to cause strong northwest winds Thursday night. Gusts between 40 mph and 55 mph could hit the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

Another low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska was expected to hit the Los Angeles area Sunday and drop some light rain, according to forecasters.

"It's not going to be a major storm," Sukup said. "Just some showers."

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