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Rain slickens Southern California roads, motorists warned

LOS ANGELES — Motorists dealt with slick roads and traffic tie-ups as a weak cold front brought rain and strong winds to parts of central and southern California on Monday.

Two trapped hikers were forced to spend a wet night in Los Angeles County's Eaton Canyon after rescue efforts were paused because of weather and darkness Sunday night. Crews were hoping to use a helicopter once the skies cleared Monday to retrieve the man and woman, who were not injured.

The system dumped anywhere from a half-inch to just under an inch of rain across San Luis Obispo County, according to the National Weather Service. Downtown Los Angeles got just over a quarter inch while Pasadena received more than a third of an inch.

Wind gusts hitting 35 mph were predicted for mountain and valley areas.

Power was knocked out to thousands after several transformer and utility pole fires were reported.

At beaches, swimmers and surfers were cautioned about rip currents and waves topping six feet.

Temperatures in most areas were expected to remain in the 60s and low 70s.

Any bit of rain was welcome as California deals with five years of drought. Officials warned that even light drizzle can make roads dangerously slick.

The wet conditions will be replaced Tuesday with fire weather — as temperatures spike, humidity drops and dry winds whip up. A fire weather watch will be in effect through Thursday.

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