Light Rain Falls on SoCal Monday, Expected to Continue Tuesday

Light rain fell over Southern California early this morning and is expected to continue through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

While it’s nowhere near as intense as the snow storms most of America is experiencing right now, the rain and expected strong winds in other parts of the region could create hazardous conditions for those who live in the Creek, La Tuna, Rye and Skirball burn areas where there is a “strong potential for mud and debris flows,” NWS Meteorologist Joe Sirad told City News Service.

In the Southland’s flatlands, at least a quarter-inch of rain is expected to fall and as much as an inch in mountain areas by sunset, forecasters said. The NWS has also issued winter storm warning in the mountains above 4,000 feet.

Snow is forecast to start falling by this afternoon above 8,000 feet, dropping to 6,000 feet by Tuesday afternoon and 4,000 feet by Tuesday evening, as a vigorous cold front arrives from the Gulf of Alaska and collides with the wet warm front already in Southern California.

On Tuesday, blizzard conditions are possible on Interstate 5 over the Grapevine.

Weather service computer models indicate today’s preliminary warm storm and bigger cold storm on Tuesday will both be wetter than first thought.

Malibu, the Grapevine, Castaic and the Antelope Valley may be hit with winds of up to 60 miles an hour today, according to the NWS.

The storms come after a 10-month dry spell in the region, following heavy rains last January and February.

Along with rain today, the NWS forecasts temperatures as high as 66 degrees in Long Beach. With rain and temperatures up to 6 degrees lower in L.A. County predicted for Tuesday.

Saturday is expected to have sunny skies and highs above 80 with more rain potentially arriving the following Monday, January 15, according to forecasters.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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