Storm Dumps Snow in Area Mountains

A blustery storm chilled the Los Angeles area over the weekend, dropping as much as 2 feet of snow on higher elevations and creating some problems for motorists.

The storm, which entered Southern California from the northeast rather than the usual route across the Pacific Ocean, gathered force on Saturday. Strong rainfalls were reported throughout the area and the raw, wet feeling continued through Sunday.

The National Weather Service predicted that the storm would continue to move out of the state today and that sunny skies were expected by this afternoon. Temperatures are expected in the high 60s in Los Angeles, with slightly warmer temperatures in the valleys. Temperatures were forecast to drop overnight.

Conditions were expected to remain sunny and clear Thursday through the holiday weekend.

On Sunday, the storm dropped as much as 2 feet of snow on the San Bernardino Mountains and snow was reported in lower elevations of Riverside County.

Heavy snow forced the closure of some mountain passes, including Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass for about five hours on Sunday, jamming traffic to Los Angeles from Las Vegas.

No major accidents or weather-related injuries were reported.