LOS ANGELES, CA — A cold, fast-moving storm is expected to blow through Los Angeles Friday, leaving showers and snow in its wake. The cold storm out of the gulf of Alaska is expected to drench the region before moving on by Saturday night, forecasters said.
The storm was some 500 miles to the west over the Pacific Ocean this morning and expected to slide into Southern California Friday evening, remaining through Saturday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Hall. Temperatures are expected to hover in the 60s and 70s across Los Angeles.
Along with showers Friday evening, the storm is expected to produce 1-3 inches of snow in the San Gabriel Mountains at around the 5,000-foot level, far above The Grapevine, meaning no major impacts are expected over the Interstate 5 corridor, Hall said. At sea level, between a tenth and a quarter-inch of rain is expected while in the mountains, the storm could generate between a quarter and a half-inch of rain, he said.
Partly cloudy skies were forecast in L.A County Friday, along with highs of 62 on Mount Wilson; 67 in Avalon; 72 in Palmdale, Lancaster Long Beach and at LAX; 75 in Saugus; 76 in Burbank; 77 in Downtown L.A. and San Gabriel; 78 in Pasadena; and 79 in Woodland Hills; Amid showers, highs will be as much as 17 degrees lower Saturday. But temperatures will then climb and reach 82 Tuesday.
The NWS forecast sunny skies in Orange County Friday and highs of 59 degrees on Santiago Peak; 67 in Laguna Beach; 68 in San Clemente and on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 69 in Newport Beach; 73 in Fremont Caanyon; 75 in Trabuco Canyon and Mission Viejo; 76 in Fullerton and Yorba Linda; 77 in Irvine; and 78 in Anaheim. Showers are forecast Saturday, along with highs as much as 16 degrees colder. But highs reaching 75 are expected Tuesday.