Forecasters are predicting a stormy week leading into Christmas, with rain expected Wednesday, Thursday, then again on Saturday and possibly Sunday.
The first storm expected Wednesday “is not looking as impactful as before,” the National Weather Service said in a statement, giving the Long Beach area a 30% chance of rain Wednesday afternoon and an 80% chance of rain Thursday.
The temperature will be fairly chilly, with a high 63 degrees on Wednesday and 60 on Thursday, and lows in the mid-40s.
Rainfall totals are a bit difficult to predict given weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, where the storm is originating, the NWS said.
Snow levels will remain above 8,000 feet, but will start to fall toward 5,500 feet Thursday night.
“The combination of winds and snow at higher resort levels could create travel problems,” the NWS said.
Rain is also predicted for Saturday, Christmas Day, but the severity of that storm is also difficult to predict, weather officials said, urging travelers to check the weather report.
By the weekend, “snow levels will be more critical as they will be flirting with some of our mountain pass levels between 4000-5000 feet,” the NWS said. “This could be a big problem for travelers making their way back home either leaving the Los Angeles area or returning Saturday night through Sunday.”
The wet weather will, however, be welcome in drought-stricken Southern California. So far this rain season, which begins Oct. 1, Long Beach has received 1.38 inches of rain, which is 56% of normal for this time of year.
Last week’s storm brought just under an inch of rain at Long Beach Airport.