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The Latest: Damaged California roads face lengthy repairs

February 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):

10:03 a.m.

Several highways in Southern California’s San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains face lengthy closures for repair of extensive damage from last week’s powerful storm.

Caltrans says that State Route 243 from Interstate 10 to Idyllwild will be closed for at least two months and a section of State Route 74 will be closed for at least one month. Those roads in the San Jacinto Mountains are being repaired under an $8 million emergency contract.

In the San Bernardino range, a stretch of State Route 18 will be closed for at least two weeks for $2.5 million in emergency work

In the Coachella Valley, Caltrans says $3.5 million worth of repairs on State Route 111 will last at least a month.

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7:52 a.m.

California is cold and dry for the time being, but two weather systems are expected this week.

Freeze warnings and frost advisories were in effect early Tuesday in the Central Valley, the Central Coast, around Los Angeles and down through the interior of Southern California.

A cold system is expected on Wednesday but isn’t expected to bring much rain or snowfall.

But the Los Angeles-area weather office says Thursday looks to be an interesting day.

A very cold system from the Canadian interior is predicted to move into the state from Nevada, meaning the air mass won’t be modified by passage over relatively warm ocean waters.

Forecasters say snow levels around Southern California could fall as low as 1,500 feet (457 meters) almost anywhere, except along the coast.