A cold storm system has reached Southern California and a coastal flood advisory was announced Thursday morning. Snow reached the Grapevine in the area north to Los Angeles and highway closures hit the 5 freeway. There have been a series of accidents that were prompted by the rough weather. If you or someone you know were involved in any of those weather related wrecks contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, you may be entitled to compensation.

Hazardous roads prompted California Highway Patrol officers to close the 5 Freeway through the Fort Tejon area Thursday gradually before setting up a full closure because the roads had become icy. And about four miles north of State Route 126 at Lake Hughes Road to the Kern County line the freeway was reopened at about 9:30 a.m.

“Some early morning snow and some collisions out on the freeway have prompted us to temporarily close down the highway,” Officer Brent Townsend told KNX 1070.

According to CBS Los Angeles, CHP officers are escorting drivers through the more hazardous roads but after a morning of snow and ice, conditions have improved.

More snow and rain are expected to hit the mountain areas later this week after the arrival of a storm.

The counties between San Luis Obispo and San Diego were issued a coastal flood advisory at about 5 a.m. Thursday.  The notice is expected to remain in effect until 11 a.m. Saturday.

Meteorologists expect that there might me a drop of 15 degrees in some regions despite the temporary Wednesday warm up the rest of this week.

“It is going to be chilly with temperatures tumbling into the upper 20s and low 30s in some of the valleys,” stated NBC4 forecaster Elita Loresca. “Most of the rain showers have been light, but we’re starting to see some moisture coming in from the north and west.”

At about 7 a.m. showers drenched the San Fernando Valley, which means that there is a high possibility of significant rain and snow for Thursday afternoon and evening. Mountains in Riverside County are expected to receive wind gusts that reach close to speeds of sixty miles per hour. And snow is expected to drop to about 3,000 feet. The National Weather Service forecasts that the mountains could see snow levels down to 2,000 feet, while winds may gust to 45 mph in valleys and coastal areas.

Overnight frosts and freezes are expected in the colder valleys.

Remember if you were hit in icy road conditions, contact a car accident lawyer now at no cost to you unless the case gets settled.