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After a snowy few days in Northern and Southern California, there’s more to come this week

Adrian Rios and his children, Ian Rios and Susan Rios, play in freshly fallen snow along Highway 138.
Adrian Rios, right, and his children, Ian Rios and Susan Rios, play in freshly fallen snow along Highway 138 in Phelan, Calif.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

After a particularly wet week, Californians shouldn’t hang up their snow shovels and raincoats just yet.

Those in Southern California should expect 1 to 8 inches of snow to fall in the mountainous areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties between late Tuesday and Wednesday night, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Elsewhere in Los Angeles County, one-quarter to one-half of an inch of rain is forecast to fall, with 3/4 inches expected in the foothills, Hoxsie said.

This comes after 18 to 24 inches of snow fell at Mt. Baldy — whose levels mirror those of the San Gabriel Mountains — between Jan. 26 and 29, Hoxsie said, helping make up for what has been a particularly dry winter. Mt. Wilson saw 7 inches of snow at 5,700 feet.

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Northern California saw even more snow: between 4 and 7 feet in the Sierra Nevada, said Idamis Del Valle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The winter storm washed out a portion of Highway 1 along Big Sur near mile marker 30 on Friday and spurred a brief mudslide in Sylmar on Sunday morning near the 5 Freeway’s Balboa Boulevard offramp.

A moderate storm — the same weather system expected to affect Southern California midweek — is forecast to hit Northern California from Monday night into Tuesday, with mountain ranges expected to get between 8 inches and 2 feet of snow, Del Valle said, and in the valleys, one-half to 2 inches of rainfall.

“Travelers should be prepared for possible chain controls and travel delay,” Del Valle said. “Now is the time to change any travel plans.”


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