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Forecasters: 2 storm fronts due in SCV this week offering serious rainfall

Posted: February 25, 2014 4:58 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2014 4:58 p.m.

It’s time to dig through the closet — behind the tennis rackets, baseball bats and other warm-weather gear that came in handy this winter.

There’s an umbrella back there somewhere, and starting Wednesday, National Weather Service forecasters say, you’re going to need it.

While the Santa Clarita Valley has seen less than an inch of rain this season — .74 of an inch in Saugus, for example — a double whammy of storms is said to be moving into Southern California that could drop as much as an inch on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a second round potentially dropping 2.5 inches in the valleys and up to four inches in the mountains and foothills Thursday night through late Saturday night.

Forecasters warned of mud and debris flow danger in burned areas.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power asked residents to turn off their outdoor sprinklers and leave them off for several days after the last of the storms to conserve precious water.

Meantime, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department urged residents to prepare their vehicles and themselves for some serious rainfall — the first in two years, according to some accounts.

Deputies reminded drivers they may need those long-dormant windshield wipers, which should be checked to ensure the rubber isn’t brittle or cracked — and immediately replaced if it is.

Headlights should be checked to make sure they both work, and deputies remind drivers that they must run their headlights, even during daylight, if their wipers are on.

Drivers should check their brakes and tires — and remember to drive more slowly and increase their following distance in the rain.




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