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Storm coats Southern California mountains in snow

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California mountains sported new coats of snow Friday as a late-winter storm slowly departed the region.

Trailing rounds of rain and snow were expected but skies were largely clear and cold behind the system, which brought showers, downpours, a damaging mudslide, hail and low-elevation snow as it moved down the state during the week.

Some of the white dusting still stuck around in suburban Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles, where kids had snowball fights and made snow angels for the first time on Thursday, ABC7 reported.

The main action was in the ski and snowboard areas in the mountains east of Los Angeles, where the downhill season operating under COVID-19 restrictions got a huge boost.

Snow Valley at around 7,000 feet (2,133.6 meters) in the San Bernardino Mountains reported storm totals ranging from 16 inches to 22 inches (40.6-55.8 centimeters). Higher up, the Bear Mountain Resort reported up to 21 inches (53.3 centimeters).

The blustery conditions at Big Bear Lake could be seen and heard through a popular webcam showing a snow-covered nest where an eagle has been incubating eggs that could begin hatching soon.

In Orange County, crews continued cleaning roads in canyons where the storm unleashed a midweek mud flow from fire-scarred hills.

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