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Rain, Lightning, Hail Arrive With Spring California Storms

The next two days look to be warm and dry after one of the first storms of the spring season brought hard rain, hail, thunder and lightning to Southern California.

Light rain began showering the region on Tuesday after a hot and dry spell in the tail end of what was one of the wettest winters in Southern California.

A flash flood warning was in effect Wednesday night in northern Los Angeles County, with rain especially impacting the Sand Fire burn area in Santa Clarita. The warning was in effect until 9:15 p.m.

Residents watched in awe as thunder and lightning struck the region.

"It was scary," said Jeanne Davidson. "I am from the East Coast and this is a storm you would expect to see in Alabama. I was waiting for a tornado."

Earlier Wednesday, commuters faced slick roads as the second in a series of wet and cold spring storms hit much of California.

Numerous freeway crashes were reported in Southern California amid low clouds and rain. Early Wednesday, a big rig jack-knifed off the westbound 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights, shutting down the transition to the northbound 605 so Caltrans could repair the guard rail damaged by the crash.

Southern California mountain communities saw temperatures near freezing.

To the north, up to 8 inches of snow is possible on the highest Sierra roads, including Donner Pass on Interstate 80 near Truckee.

The storm is expected to move out overnight, making Thursday and Friday dry and warmer before another slight chance of showers for early Saturday morning.

NBC4's Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.

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