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Rain and thunder expected today

Posted: October 18, 2010 10:24 p.m.
Updated: October 19, 2010 7:00 a.m.

Scattered rain showers are expected to dampen the Santa Clarita Valley today and Wednesday as a low-pressure system passes through the region, forecasters said.

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 69 degrees with a 50-percent chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms, according to a National Weather Service forecast. While the rain is expected to end by Wednesday night, temperatures should remain cool through Sunday as cloudy skies keep the valley from heating up to more than 72 degrees through the rest of the week, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist.

“Until Sunday, it will remain partly cloudy with temperatures below normal,” Seto said. “The low-pressure system is influencing all of our area’s weather. It covers all the way into Nevada, Utah and Arizona.”

Seto said similar low pressure systems were responsible for Southern California’s mild summer.

Some SCV residents welcomed the rainy weather.

“I’m loving it,” said Dawn Gutknecht, of Newhall. “It finally feels like fall.” 

Officials at Castaic Lake said they would be cautious of possible thunderstorms.

“If we feel the lightning is too close, we recommend the closing of the lake to future launching, and advise people to head back to launch ramps and take shelter,” said Joe Walsh, the lake’s aquatic manager.

In his 30 years at Castaic Lake, Walsh said there have only been one or two lightning-related incidents.
“Very rarely have we had problems with lightning,” Walsh said.

California Highway Patrol officers said drivers get into more collisions when it rains and recommended that drivers reduce their speeds in bad weather.


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