WHITE WINTER SURPRISE; SNOWFALL CLOSES ROADS, SCHOOL IN HIGH COUNTRY.Byline: Patricia Farrell Aidem Daily News Staff Writer
Snow blanketed local freeways and canyon roads Monday morning as the first big storm of the year dampened what has been a very dry winter.
No accidents were reported as snow covered the Golden State and Antelope Valley freeways north of Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, . Bouquet Canyon Road between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys was covered with snow, as was Agua Dulce Agua Dulce is Spanish for "sweet water". It also refers to various locations:
Interstate 5 was closed until 11:30 a.m. from Lake Hughes Road Hughes Road is an arterial road in South Mumbai linking Opera House with Kemps Corner. To the left is Malabar Hill. north because snow made the already-treacherous Grapevine a hazardous drive. Along the highway, weather closed the Gorman School, leaving youngsters a day off to play in about six inches of snow.
The Antelope Valley Freeway remained open, but was jammed because the snow had closed an alternate route An official alternate route is a bannered highway that provides an alternate alignment for a highway. Originally, the term for these routes was "optional"; but in 1959, the designation became alternate. , Angeles Forest Highway The Angeles Forest Highway traverses the Angeles National Forest and connects the Los Angeles basin to the Antelope Valley by going up and over the San Gabriel Mountains. The highway is variously known as County Road N-3 or FH-59 or the Palmdale cutoff. It is about 25 miles long. , diverting traffic and slowing commuters to a crawl from Pearblossom Highway south to Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce.
``Traffic was extremely heavy through that area, and miraculously there were no traffic accidents,'' California Highway Patrol highway patrol
A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways. Officer Doug Sweeney said.
The storm dropped 0.89 of an inch of rain on Santa Clarita, which last year saw 50 inches of rain, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Newhall County Water District records.
Another storm, a weaker one, was forecast for tonight with the snow level dropping to about 3,500 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
Today is expected to start mostly clear, with increasing clouds and showers in the evening. The high will be in the low 50s, the overnight low about 34. The forecast calls for sunny, yet chilly, weather on Wednesday.
PHOTO (1--Color) Fresh snow covers the roadside, but causes no collisions, along the Antelope Valley Freeway near Agua Dulce on Monday.
(2--Color) A dusting of snow gives rural mailboxes in Agua Dulce an unusual Midwestern look amid the Southern California hills.
Shaun Dyer/Special to the Daily News