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A series of crashes caused led to an early morning closure on the 101 Freeway -- the start of a slow day for drivers. NBC4's Toni Guinyard reports on "Today in LA." This clip is from "Today in LA" on January 25, 2013.
A 16-vehicle crash on the 101 Freeway in the Cahuenga Pass was one of several crashes early Friday as a wide band of showers stretched throughout Southern California.
Several SigAlerts were issued, including one stemming from the overnight crash on the 101 Freeway. Sixteen vehicles were involved in the 12:20 a.m. crash on the southbound side of the freeway in the Cahuenga Pass.
At least one person, who might have exited a vehicle during the series of crashes, was in critical condition. Crews cleared the wreckage early Friday morning after working for about two hours, but the crash was just the start of a slow morning on LA freeways.
[Update, 7:56 a.m.] 110 Freeway at 5 Freeway: Three northbound 110 Freeway lanes were blocked after a crash at about 7:30 a.m. Traffic was slow from Academy Road.
[Update, 7:36 a.m.] 10 Freeway at 405 Freeway: A crash blocked the right lane on the westbound side of the 10 Freeway.
[Update, 7:13 a.m.] 5 Freeway at 710 Freeway: Traffic slowed on both sides of the 5 Freeway because of a stalled car blocking northbound lanes.
[Update, 6:54 a.m.] 10 Freeway at Santa Fe Avenue: Lanes also were closed on the eastbound 10 Freeway near Santa Fe Avenue after a big rig crash. A driver who crashed into the rear of the big rig was rescued, and the car was hauled from the location at about 6:30 a.m. All lanes reopened at about 6:50 a.m.
[Update, 6:33 a.m.] 101 Freeway at Mission Road: Another crash on the 101 Freeway blocked lanes near Mission Road at about 5:30 a.m. The road was expected to remain closed until about 6:30 a.m.
110 Freeway at 5 Freeway: A 5:30 a.m. crash led to lane closures on the northbound side of the 5 Freeway in the Elysian Park area. The crash was on the 110 Freeway connector to the northbound 5 Freeway.
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The crashes follow a Thursday of traffic problems. The California Highway Patrol said that, as of 9 a.m. Thursday, when most of the heavy rain arrived, there were 342 collisions. Eighty collisions were reported the previous Thursday.
Rain and thunderstorms are possible throughout Friday morning and into the early afternoon.
"The shower activity will let up by 2 p.m.," said NBC4 forecaster Elita Loresca.
Cold temperatures and showers are possible Saturday and Sunday. The second round of rain comes after nearly one inch of rain fell on most parts of the Los Angeles basin Thursday.
Expect highs in the mid-60s in downtown Los Angeles and along the coast. Valley and inland areas might reach the mid-60s, and temperatures in the mid-40s are likely in mountain areas.
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