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A COLD RAIN'S ON THE WAY TODAY.

Byline: Daily News

A cold storm moving into Southern California today is expected to bring rain, hail and snow to the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley areas.

The heavy rain is expected overnight tonight and Tuesday morning in the valleys, with snow along Highway 14 and in the Grapevine pass along Interstate 5.

``What we're looking at is a snow level at 6,500 feet Monday, dropping to 4,000 feet Tuesday morning,'' said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service. ``That will mean that the Grapevine and other passes at that elevation will probably have snow on them Tuesday morning.''

The storm could create a nightmare for commuters come Tuesday.

``There is the possibility we will see thunderstorms, gusty winds, small hail and funnel clouds,'' Seto said. ``The rain and wind will probably reduce visibility for drivers.''

Andrew Rourke, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said that if the storm evolves as expected at least two major roadways - the mountain passes on Interstate 5 and Interstate 14 - will receive heavy doses of snow.

``The commute from Palmdale to the city will be a little more dicey than usual,'' said Rourke. ``All of L.A. County will have a chance of thunderstorms,'' he said.

Because it is coming from the northern Pacific, it will be colder than the last storm to hit Southern California, officials said.

Seto said Sunday that there was a 70 percent chance of rain by late today, with high temperatures today and Tuesday in the Los Angeles area expected to be around 62 and low temperatures near 50.

From tonight into Tuesday night, there is a probably of one to two inches of rain in the coastal areas.

Below the snow level, the lower mountains could receive the heaviest rainfall at around 4 inches, officials said.
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Date:Feb 24, 2003
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