Showers expected to dampen Thanksgiving in Long Beach

A storm coming in from the Pacific is expected to dampen the Long Beach area in the opening hours of the Thanksgiving Day weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

No significant rain is expected until the nighttime and overnight hours of Wednesday, said NWS spokesman Eric Boldt.

“A wet Thanksgiving? Well, it could be a little damp in the morning,” said Boldt. “The storm system is expected to be coming on Wednesday evening, a little later for Long Beach.”

Boldt said there’s an 80 percent chance of rain late Wednesday. Going down to a 40 percent chance on Thanksgiving morning, “And after that it goes away.”

“The main impact locally is for people driving,” said Boldt. “If you need to drive someplace, you might want to consider getting there sooner rather than later.”

The storm could be more problematic farther north in the Sierra foothills, where rain is expected to continue into the weekend, hampering the efforts of search-and-rescue crews looking for victims of the wildfires that have killed at least 79 people in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century. While the rain is welcome in its effect on knocking down flames, the concern for rescue efforts is it could wash away bone fragments and turn the dry ash into a muddy paste.

As of Monday, at  least 699 people remained unaccounted for.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.