- Associated Press - Thursday, February 21, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California storms (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Light snow is falling at very low elevations around greater Los Angeles as a very cold storm passes through.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department air operations section posted video of snow falling in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu Thursday afternoon.

And actor Jerry O’Connell recorded video of himself as snow fell in nearby Calabasas.

The National Weather Service had said the snow level could lower to 1,000 feet (305 meters).


1:25 p.m.

Snow has closed Interstate 5 through Tejon Pass in the mountains north of Los Angeles.

The California Highway Patrol says it’s holding traffic Thursday afternoon so that Caltrans can clear snow from the Grapevine section of the interstate.

The very cold storm came out of western Canada and has spread snow across Southern California at very low elevations.

Hail, rain and windy conditions are also being reported as the storm moves across greater Los Angeles.


9:11 a.m.

Southern California mountains and desert areas are getting snow from the latest February storm.

Caltrans says snow has stopped traffic Thursday on State Route 62 in the Yucca Valley area northeast of Joshua Tree National Park.

Interstate 5 over Tejon Pass and Interstate 15 over Cajon Pass have remained open but with some slowing.

The National Weather Service says snow levels are around 2,500 feet (762 meters) in San Bernardino County, where up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) have fallen at resort levels around Big Bear Lake.

Snow levels are around 3,000 feet (914 meters) in San Diego County.


7:40 a.m.

February storms have almost eliminated drought conditions from California.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that just over 67 percent of the state is totally free of any level of dryness.

Just under 30 percent is classified as abnormally dry, and less than 4 percent remains in either moderate or severe drought.

The drought conditions are confined to a far northern area along the California-Oregon border.

Three months ago, more than three-quarters of the state was in moderate to extreme drought and the remainder was abnormally dry.

Precipitation is continuing to fall Thursday as a cold but not very moist system impacts Southern California and showers linger on the Central Coast. Chances of rain return to Northern California during the weekend and early next week.


This story has been corrected to show the abnormal dryness category is just under 30 percent.

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