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Rain slows Burbank down

Canadian cold front causes wintry storm, but car accidents don’t rise, officials say.

December 15, 2008|By Jeremy Oberstein

BURBANK — The first winter storm of the season drenched Southern California on Monday, dropping as much as four inches of rain in the foothills and less than half that in the valley, snarling traffic on highways and roads.

But aside from traffic delays, safety officials reported no major incidents along Glendale or Burbank streets or the freeways that cut through the region.

By midday, the National Weather Service lifted a flash-flood warning for fire-ravaged areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as the rain stopped briefly, but the storm resumed later in the day.

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Authorities across Burbank and Glendale said the storm did not adversely affect the area.

At Bob Hope Airport, spokesman Victor Gill said the rain-soaked tarmac did not result in any delays to morning and afternoon flights, and operations throughout the facility were mostly unaffected by the storm.

“There was a shower coming down, but everything was pretty normal,” he said.

Burbank police reported three accidents between midnight and 4 p.m., though Sgt. Travis Irving said they were not likely the result of the weather.

There were six accidents Monday in Glendale, a normal amount that officials said was not related to wet conditions on the roads.

Rain started late Sunday night and, by 10 a.m. Monday, had dropped nearly half an inch across the region, heralding the unofficial start to winter, though the season officially begins Sunday.

The wet weather followed a record-setting cold front across Southern California, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

“The morning lows were a few degrees colder than normal,” he said. “But it was the daytime temperatures that were significantly colder.”

In Burbank, officials recorded a low of 40 degrees Sunday — one degree colder than average — but a daytime low of 55 degrees that same day, 13 degrees lower than the average temperature for that time of year, he said.

Across the nation, temperatures have hovered above what is normally recorded.

The average national November temperature of 44.5 degrees was 2 degrees higher than average, and from January to November, the average temperature of 54.9 degrees was 0.3 degrees above normal, according to records kept by the weather service.

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