The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for some mountain areas of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties from 10 am Friday morning to 4 pm Saturday.

The message reads:

“A cold and fast moving storm system will bring snow in the mountains down to very low levels and to the foothills of the Cuyama Valley.

Ahead of the front, snow levels will be high, then will drop significantly as the front moves through the region.

Behind the front the snow level is expected to lower to between 3500 and 4500 feet, and to 2500 feet across the northern slopes of the Ventura County mountains.

The highest snow amounts will be across the northern Ventura County mountains and extreme northwest Los Angeles County mountains in the vicinity of the Grapevine along Interstate 5.

Even small accumulations over the Interstate 5 corridor can cause delays or even road closures.

Anyone planning travel through that area should be prepared for winter driving conditions and possible delays.

Some light snow accumulations are also possible over the Cuyama Valley foothills, and a dusting of snow could occur across the Antelope Valley foothills Friday evening.

Three to six inches of snow are expected with highest amounts across the northern slopes of the Ventura

County mountains. Generally two to four inches are expected across the higher terrain of the Santa Barbara County mountains and San Gabriel mountains and three inches or less on Interstate 5 over the Grapevine.

Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Check the latest road reports before departing.

Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle which includes a flashlight, food and water, extra clothes and blankets, and tire chains.”

–Staff and wire reports

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