AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Usually balmy Southern California will get downright chilly this weekend as a blast of cold air moves in from Alaska, bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms and snow to the local mountains, forecasters said Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch beginning tonight, warning of cold temperatures, wind gusts up to 40 mph and significant precipitation, including snow to the 1,500-foot level. “The bulk of the rain will come Saturday,” said Bill Forwood, meteorologist with the NWS. “You’ll have showers that will last through Sunday.” The NWS expects between 1 and 2 inches of rain in the San Gabriel Valley, Forwood said. Rain and snow will make travel treacherous, officials said, especially along Interstate 5 from Castaic to the Grapevine, as well as Interstate 15 through Soledad Canyon. “People like to go to the mountains when there is snow, but they need to make sure that the roadways are clear and open and that they have chains if required,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Humberto Jimenez. Rainfall from tonight through Sunday is expected to range from a half-inch to an inch across coastal and valley locations, with 2 inches in the foothills and mountains. Officials at mountain resorts say they will welcome the snow, but the stormy conditions might slow traffic over the weekend. “We’re looking forward to it. Any snow that we get is going to be fantastic,” said John McColly, director of marketing for Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood. “I think we are going to see good business this weekend, but not huge crowds because of the weather. I hope we have great business next week.” Ventura County agriculture officials said the Southland’s winter has been mild, encouraging avocado trees to bloom early, and farmers fear the cold snap could slow the bloom and reduce next year’s crop. Agricultural Commissioner Earl McPhail said farmers will be staying close to home this weekend to protect their crops. “These late winter storms are pretty unpredictable, especially this far south,” he said. “Normally we don’t have any major freezes after February, but anything is possible.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Gonzales had resigned from the board in July after a judge ruled the panel fell under the restrictions of the state’s open-meeting laws. Council members, who have no policymaking powers but advise Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on local issues, argued they didn’t have the funding or a staff to ensure official records of meetings were kept. Mary Johnson, Lorene Cangiano and Patrick Green ran neck and neck and were awaiting the results of the provisional ballot count. Town leaders refused to say how many votes separated the three. Cangiano and Johnson were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that demanded the council abide by the state Brown Act, requiring public boards hold open meetings and keep official minutes. Green is former president of Concerned Citizens of Agua Dulce, a group battling plans to expand the small Agua Dulce Air Park, the issue that has split the town and led to the Brown Act lawsuit. County officials vowed to be sensitive to residents’ concerns in reviewing the air park plans, which go before the county Regional Planning Commission on Tuesday. The commission is expected to re-open a public hearing of the proposed zoning change and conditions set for expansion of the rural airport. A commission vote is expected Dec. 14. AGUA DULCE – An announcement is due today naming the winner of the fourth seat in a tight Agua Dulce Town Council race. Nine provisional ballots cast Nov. 8 by residents whose names did not appear on a list of local registered voters have been reviewed and will be counted this afternoon, said Diane Terito, who is finishing her term on the council. A total of 557 ballots were cast – the nine in question, the 522 dropped off at the polls and 26 that were mailed in. Former council member Ze Gonzales was the top vote-getter with 323, local vintner Don MacAdam won 306 votes and longtime resident Peg Spry got 297. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!