Southern California storm will make roadways 'hazardous'

The potential impacts of what one meteorologist called "the strongest storm of the season" are becoming clearer as rain and snow approach Friday and Southland residents begin taking precautionary measures against the bad weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Southern California, which officials say will likely turn into a warning by the end of Friday.

That means winter driving conditions this weekend with some snow and ice on the roads.

“It could be quite hazardous in the mountains,” meteorologist David Sweet said. “If you don’t have to travel, don’t."

Highways 33, 2 and 14 along with Interstate 5 could all be affected by the storm. Sweet said residents should expect winds between 20 and 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 mph in the mountains, and possible snow in the Antelope Valley.

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-- Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times

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