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    Gusty Storms Head for Los Angeles, Vegas, Phoenix

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist.
    March 12, 2013, 9:44:31 AM EDT

    Snow, thunderstorms and wind are in store for Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix through Friday night, guaranteeing some travel delays in the air and on the ground.

    Not only could flights be impacted at airports from California to Colorado, but adverse weather may also cause problems over major highways in the region.

    A bit of rain will fall on San Francisco and the San Joaquin Valley with a moderate amount of snow for Lake Tahoe and Donner Pass through Friday.

    The greatest impact over Southern California was delivered Friday morning, when downpours dampened urban areas and snow fell over the mountains and passes.


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    Snow fell over the Five (Grapevine), I-15 (Cajon Pass) and Highway 14 (Soledad Canyon), causing slick travel conditions in time for the morning commute Friday.

    As the winter weather persists, "a half a foot to a foot of snow will fall in the southern Sierra Nevada and Southern California resorts," according to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark.

    Snowfall has been lean over the mountains in the region this winter, and problems could be ahead for agriculture later this summer as a result.

    During the day Friday, snow and rain will progress inland over the Southwest. Chilly rain showers are in store for Las Vegas. The showers are projected to reach Phoenix later in the afternoon and at night.

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