LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Southern California will catch a break today from the weather, but a cold strong storm with the potential to drop up to 3 inches of rain in some parts of Los Angeles County and up to 2 feet of snow in the local mountains is forecast to slam the region on Christmas night.
The National Weather Service forecast rainfall totals of up to 2 inches in Malibu and Pasadena, up to 3 inches in the San Gabriel Mountains and up to 1.5 inches in Long Beach and Santa Clarita. Forecasters also predicted that snow levels could drop down to 3,500 feet, bringing up to 2 feet of snow to nearby mountains and several inches to the Antelope Valley.
A winter storm watch will take effect Wednesday evening in the Los Angeles County Mountains, excluding the Santa Monica range, and in the Antelope Valley and remain in effect through Thursday evening.
For the mountains,
heavy snow and strong winds are possible,'' according to the NWS.Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet above 5,000 feet, and 4 to 8 inches above 4,000 feet. East to southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph are possible.”
NWS forecasters also warned of dramatically reduced visibility for motorists due to snow and fog.
Travel, including on higher portions of Interstate 5, Highway 14 and Highway 2 may become difficult to impossible,” according to the NWS.Strong winds could cause tree damage.”
The Antelope Valley could see snow accumulations of up to 8 inches, coupled with winds gusting up to 50 mph, forecasters said.
According to the weather service, the area of Rolling Hills received 3.09 inches of rain, Malibu Canyon had 2.6 inches and downtown Los Angeles received 1.72 inches between the start of the last storm, which began Sunday afternoon, through Monday.
There were no weather-related road closures reported Tuesday.
Below is the forecast by day…..
Christmas Day – Rain likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Christmas Night – Rain. Low around 46. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Thursday – Rain before 10am, then a chance of showers, mainly between 10am and 4pm. High near 57. Breezy, with a north northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Thursday Night – A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Friday – Sunny, with a high near 63.
Friday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
Saturday – Sunny, with a high near 64.
Saturday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
Sunday – Sunny, with a high near 63.
Sunday Night – A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Monday – A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.