first_img At the Valencia Country Club, organizers of the Champion Tour tournament are hoping for the best, with play scheduled today through Sunday, spokesman Matt Kovacs said. “We don’t think there will be a lot of rain, that’s what the forecast said,” Kovacs said. “It’ll be cold and wet, but we’re expecting to play.” The Weather Service issued a storm watch for the San Gabriel Mountains for this afternoon through Saturday night, warning that cold, snow and gusty winds could create deadly hazards for campers and hikers. Snow levels today could range between 2,500 feet and 3,500 feet, which could bring accumulating snow to 3,200-foot-elevation Escondido Summit on the Antelope Valley Freeway and to 4,100-foot Tejon Pass on Interstate 5. Snow levels are expected to drop to 2,000 feet between tonight and Sunday, falling in some spots to as low as 1,500 feet. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Caltrans officials meet with Highway Patrol representatives every year as winter approaches to determine the best courses of action should weather make for poor driving conditions, Bonfilio said. “We plan and train for this and remain ready to respond,” she said. City spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said Santa Clarita has two large dump trucks fitted with snowplows standing ready. The National Weather Service said very cold air from Canada and Alaska will plunge southward, but the showery nature of the precipitation makes it likely that rainfall and snow amounts will be slight. “It’s going to be more showery. It mainly will be very cold weather,” weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said. SANTA CLARITA – City crews dusted off two snowplows Thursday. Caltrans workers in the region mobilized. And pro golfers in town for the AT&T Classic cast wary glances to the clouds, all responding to an unusual weekend forecast – snow flurries, hail and thunderstorms are expected across Southern California, perhaps as low as 1,500 feet, Santa Clarita’s elevation. “At this time, we have crews mobilized around the clock, day crews and night crews who are ready and waiting for the snow with snowplows and other heavy equipment,” said Jeanne Bonfilio, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. Locally, the focus is on the Grapevine, and the Antelope Valley Freeway through Acton. Santa Clarita’s last substantial snow, in February 1989, prompted the closure of Interstate 5 through the Newhall Pass. last_img read more