Southland Residents Brace for the Worst as Wintry Storm Rolls In

February weather swings from hot to cold, leaving residents confused and concerned

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    Roads were closed throughout La Cañada Flintridge on Tuesday ahead of a wintry storm that was expected to bring rain to the flood-prone community.

    When it rains, it pours. And when it’s hot, it’s scorching. The month of February can’t seem to make up its mind.

    Temperatures dropped on Tuesday into the 50s due to a winter storm blowing in. That’s about 30 degrees cooler than last weekend.

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    The weather has become so fickle in fact, that the Tuesday morning commute was dry, while drivers are expected to encounter stormy conditions during the evening rush hour.

    A winter storm warning is in effect for Los Angeles County until 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

    La Cañada Flintridge residents are concerned that the severe weather shifts might mean more disasters for the community, and they are bracing themselves for the worst.

    Several safety measures are in place in the neighborhood, including "k-rails" – or concrete barriers – and sandbags.

    Resident Robin Gehr said she is worried that the coming storm may worsen the condition of the neighborhood, which was hit hard by the Station Fire in 2009.

    "We had eight houses destroyed up here," Gehr said. "There’s one on Manistee (Drive) that's still a shell."

    The mudslides that followed the fire --- which was the largest in Los Angeles County’s history and burned 252 square miles -- caused widespread damage throughout the city of 20,200.

    To ensure mudslides do not sweep away parts of the community again, the LA County Department of Public works began shutting down roads on Tuesday.

    Agua Dulce is shut down from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway, according to the Department of Public Works website. Big Tujunga Canyon Road is also shut down.

    The department did not provide a time when the roads would reopen.

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