- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don’t treat Southern California’s snow-capped mountains as a trash can.

That was the message Friday from state and federal officials in Southern California ahead of an expected weekend storm.

After several winters with little snow to speak of, mountains north and east of Los Angeles are again getting dusted - and sometimes dumped on.

Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says that with greater snow depths and lower gas prices, bigger crowds are looking to sled, snowball fight or party on the peaks.

And many are leaving trash behind. Kasinga pointed out that not only does that harm the environment, it takes money to clean up.

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