Rain, Snow, Lightning Hit SoCal

A brisk winter storm brought rain, snow and lightning to parts of the Southland on Saturday.

The snow level dropped to 2,500 feet, with most of the snow hitting the Grapevine and Antelope Valley.

By 9 a.m., the storm had dropped .28 inches of rain at an automated rain gauge in Culver City, .13 inches in Venice, .12 inches in El Segundo and .24 inches in the mountains northwest of Malibu.

As the storm moved east, .16 inches of rain fell by 9 a.m. both at USC and at a gauge near Los Angeles Union Station, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

Along with the precipitation came freezing temperatures. Acton recorded the coldest temperature by 8 a.m. on Saturday at 30 degrees. No area in Southern California got warmer than the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

The rest of the weekend is expected to be cold and mostly dry, with a 20 percent chance of a stray shower on Sunday.

The high for New Year's Eve will be 60 degrees with a low of 42. New Year's Day will also be dry and sunny just in time for the 124th Rose Parade.

Lightning Strikes Passenger Jet

A Delta Airlines passenger jet en route from Narita, Japan was struck by lightning just after 8 a.m. as it landed at Los Angeles International Airport, but no one was injured, an airport spokesman said.

The lightning strike came as a thunderstorm moved east from Santa Monica Bay, spreading rain and thunder into the area. Officials said several lightning strikes were observed in West Los Angeles and Marina del Rey.

There were no reports of injuries to passengers. Officials were checking to determine whether there was any damage to the plane.

Two passengers said they saw a flash, felt a jolt and heard screams as the plane was about 15 minutes away from coming in for a landing.

The passengers said the pilot never put out on the public address system anything about the incident, until they were on the ground where they told passengers they weren't concerned about lightning affecting the flight.

Copyright CNS - City News Service
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