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100-percent chance of rain forecast today

Posted: March 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The second winter storm in less than two weeks is expected to bring rain, some snow and gusty winds to southern California today, National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Hall said.

“The storm will be equivalent to last weeks’, but not as cold,” Hall said.

Today’s chance of rain is 100-percent with a high temperature near 60 and southeast winds between 5 and 15 mph; tonight’s low will dip to 41 with the rains lasting throughout the night, according to a weather service forecast.  

Further, the weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook Saturday morning, forecasting widespread rain across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to begin around 11 a.m. today, accompanied by a slight chance of thunderstorms which could produce brief heavy downpours and small hail.

Rainfall estimates are expected to range between three-quarters to one-half-inch in the coastal and valley areas of the county, but a southerly low-level storm flow could result in two-to-four-inches of rainfall in south-facing foothills and mountains in Los Angeles County.

The snow level is expected to range between 5,000, and 5.500 feet today, falling to 4,500 feet tonight.

Locations above 7,000 feet could receive up to 20 inches of snow, the weather service said, and traffic on Interstate 5 will most likely be effected by strong winds and rain with light snow possible tonight.

“In general, you’ll see some local dusting through the grapevine with the possibility of eight-to-16 inches of snow above 5,000 feet,” Hall said.

The rain will continue through tonight, which has been forecast to reach a low of 41.

Monday’s high will be near 64 with southerly winds between five-and-10 mph.

Last week’s storm brought several hours of steady rain to the SCV and was most likely a factor in more than 400 traffic collisions, according to a California Highway Patrol official.



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