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Weekend storm could dump snow and rain on Southern California; motorists urged to be ready


LOS ANGELES — Southern California's suffering ski resorts could get a healthy dose of snow this weekend as a storm moves through the region.

As much as a foot of snow could fall from Saturday through Monday in the San Bernardino and Angeles national forests, according to the National Weather Service. That follows a spell of dry weather that had some ski resorts talking about closing.

"They could see some good snow, at least helpful snow, for this time of year," said Brett Albright, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Diego.

The storm could bring fog, blowing snow and icy conditions to mountain roads. Caltrans is urging motorists to carry chains, blankets, food and water.

Scattered showers are also forecast across much of Southern California from Saturday afternoon through Monday, and they could bring thunderstorms and hail.

The amount of rainfall is expected to vary across the region, with heavier showers hitting some spots and not others, said Carol Smith, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The storm could dump up to an inch and a half of rain at lower elevations in San Diego County, Albright said.

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