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By Dennis Romero
On Wednesday in southern California, spring was a strange time, mixed with hail, rain and sun, and a major highway was closed following floods.
The Highway 710 at Compton was closed for more than an hour in the afternoon, drivers in both directions being faced with water deep enough to spoil their vehicles, said the company. Agent Siara Lund of the California Highway Patrol. Traffic was diverted on another highway.
Compton Fire Chief Ronerick DeKeith Simpson said the rescuers had been called after two reports of vehicles stuck in the surface streets. No injuries were caused.
A Los Angeles NBC helicopter captured images of streets, parks, and roofs in southwestern Los Angeles County that were covered in hail, despite temperatures in the region of around 60 and bright sunshine in the morning. other neighborhoods nearby.
The Long Beach Police Department, located nearby, noted the bizarre weather in a tweet that southern agents saw the sun while those in the north of the city, lining Compton, "were facing hail and to torrential rains ".
A storm cell near the border of Orange County and Los Angeles County caused "heavy rain and hail the size of a dime." a tweet from the National Weather Service at Oxnard.
NWS meteorologist Kristen Stewart said a separate cell occupied the Compton and Long Beach areas for nearly three hours Wednesday afternoon and dumped rain and hail. She said that a "convergence of winds" from the west and south helped to maintain it.
"You had this storm sitting right there," said Stewart.
In just a few hours, she dumped at least 1.57 inches on Compton – a rare measure for a few hours of precipitation in the urban areas of southern California, she said.
The strange weather was created by a classic winter storm in the Gulf of Alaska that contained cold air at its highest levels, Stewart said.
Rain and hail are expected to disappear Wednesday night, but a separate, smaller front could bring rain to Greater Los Angeles on Thursday, Stewart said.