Rain is seen. Drivers are seen on the I-5 Freeway through the Grapevine in this undated file photo. Skiers are seen in the IE mountains in this file photo from Thursday, March 7, 2013.

The brunt of a late-winter storm began moving in to SoCal late Thursday night, possibly making for a messy Friday morning drive.

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California Highway Patrol officers are keeping a close eye on the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine. If conditions worsen, they may have to close down the popular thoroughfare. The CHP has closed the Grapevine twice since November because of unsafe, slick road conditions.

The storm has even shut some forest roads. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works announced road closures for some Angeles National Forest roads starting at 10 p.m. Angeles Forest Highway was expected to be closed between Aliso Canyon Road and State Road 2, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road was expected to be closed from Angeles Forest Highway to State Road 2.

The local mountains could see snow at 6,000 feet. Some San Bernardino mountain residents are preparing for up to 1 foot of snow. For Discovery Center volunteer Angie Pezenia, that means running errands and getting ready for visitors.

"We have to be ready for the snow tomorrow and the people that will show up tomorrow. So we have to get things done," she said.

Inland Empire mountain roads remained clear throughout the day without the need for chains but that will likely change by later in the night.

The wet weather made for slippery driving conditions along Southland roads. There were heavy downpours overnight in certain Los Angeles areas, including Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles near USC. Studio City, Burbank and Glendale also saw some drizzle early Thursday morning.

Motorists are being advised to allow extra time on the roads. There were several accidents, including one in South Pasadena at about 1:30 a.m. on the 110 Freeway at Orange Grove Avenue. A vehicle was traveling southbound when it struck another car, hit a light pole, flipped over and landed on its roof. The driver in that crash was expected to be OK.

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In Santa Monica, police say two BMWs smashed into each other on the 10 Freeway at Centinela Street. One rolled away and caught fire, but nobody was seriously hurt.

According to the National Weather Service, the late-winter storm could drop several inches of rain and snow Thursday night into Friday morning as the center of the low-pressure system heads our way.

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