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Weather About to Turn Frightful

Approaching storm will bring showers and below-average temperatures.

A cold and wet storm is coiled in the Gulf of Alaska, and it will hurl snow and rain into Southern California late next week, forecasters said.

The cold low-pressure system will affect the region starting Wednesday afternoon, and last through Friday afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters said.

That will be an abrupt change from the warm and somewhat uneventful weather the region can expect early in the week, they said.

The storm was expected to be stronger in San Diego County than in the Los Angeles area, forecasters in the Oxnard forecast office said. Light to moderate showers will start over mountains Wednesday afternoon, spreading to the flatlands along the coast by Wednesday night.

Snow levels will start between 4,000 and 4,500 feet above sea level, and then drop to as low as 3,500 in some places, the forecast said. That may be low enough to affect Interstate 5 over the Grapevine, Route 14 near Acton, Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass and Interstate 8 east of Alpine.

Thunderstorms will be possible Thursday afternoon, as cold and unstable air moves in above the clouds, the NWS said in a special weather statement issued in San Diego.

Rain will be variable, but about a half inch could be likely on the San Diego County coast and in the valleys. More than one inch of precipitation in the mountains is likely, some of it in the form of about 5 inches of snow above the 5,000-foot level.

-City News Service

rob h December 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM
FRIGHTFUL, Really? We'll get a bit of rain and some cold temps and this is frightful?
Emily Knell December 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The term is for the season - from the song "Let it Snow"
Sariana December 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I think they mean as in "Oh, the weather outside is frightful...."
rob h December 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Thanks guys, I just thought the author was overreacting
cathy breese December 10, 2012 at 09:09 PM
We are out of the state hummm...Californians aka Califorwarmns--it was 19 degrees here and only 35 at the high, tomorrow it will be 16---now, that's cold.
Peter Schelden (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 09:18 PM
That is cold, Cathy! Hope you packed a scarf.
The Beast ! December 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Why is rain bad and frightful ?
The Beast ! December 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
EMILY, Thanks now it get it from the xmas song ! LOL
Mick December 11, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I always become frightened as the news cameras pan down along the curbing on the streets and show the gentle flow of water dotted by the lightly falling rain during the storm watches.
Martin Henderson (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 06:25 AM
For the benefit of those who don't understand "frightful" in the headline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-b3iU-INDo

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