Storm this weekend could bring more than half an inch of rain
This morning, expect to see a thick marine layer with light drizzles, especially in the foothills, and temperatures staying in the high 70s this afternoon. Clouds will continue to build this evening and into Friday morning, turning into showers by Friday afternoon and evening, the NWS said. Skies will begin clearing by Saturday morning, and mostly clear skies will prevail by the evening. Expect lots of sunshine on Sunday, with temperatures in the upper 70s for most of the region. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If that happens, NWS officials were prepared to issue “debris flow” warnings for areas denuded by recent fires, Lindaman said, although no such warnings had been issued as of Wednesday. “It’s not in the discussion today, but we are kind of concerned” about the possibility of floods and mud slides, she said. Normally, storms this cold and of this magnitude are not seen in this area until December or January, she said. So why now? “We’re just lucky, I guess,” Lindaman said. “We’ve been watching this storm building and building, and it just spun off and is making its way down here. It would be nice to get some rain.” A very rare, fairly strong pre-fall September storm could bring a half-inch of rain – possibly more, depending on the course it takes – when it finally arrives full force Friday evening, weather forecasters said Wednesday. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service were closely watching the storm’s southern path from its origin in British Columbia, predicting that the system should arrive in Southern California just in time to exacerbate the busy Friday evening rush hour. “Right now, we’re not quite sure how much rain” the storm will bring, said NWS meteorologist Edith Lindaman. “Generally, we’re saying we could get anywhere from half an inch to an inch. But by tomorrow morning, we should have a much better idea.” Still uncertain Wednesday was whether the storm will move over the ocean or linger there, picking up additional moisture to dump on the Southland.