Rain is expected during the second half of the week as a pair of winter storms are forecast to move across southwestern California, National Weather Service officials said Monday.
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The storms are expected to bring significant rainfall, high-elevation snow and gusty winds.
The first storm is predicted to make its impact starting Wednesday and continuing through the night.
Rain is forecast across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Wednesday afternoon and will spread south and east into Ventura and Los Angeles counties Wednesday evening before leaving the region Thursday morning, with the possibility of showers in the mountains Thursday afternoon.
An estimated one-quarter inch or less is expected for Ventura and Los Angeles counties with the possibility of higher amounts in upslope areas.
Snow levels are forecast to remain relatively high, above 7,000 feet Wednesday before dropping to about 6,000 feet Wednesday night and Thursday.
Gusty south to southwest winds are expected in addition to the precipitation.
The second storm will impact the area Friday and Saturday and will likely be the strongest storm the area has experienced recently.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected to move into San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Friday morning, and then spreading into Ventura and Los Angeles counties Friday afternoon and evening before exiting Saturday morning.
Widespread shower activity is likely through Saturday. Rainfall amounts with this storm could be impressive. Early estimates are for 1 to 2 inches for coastal and valley areas, 2 to 4 inches in the foothills and mountains and even higher amounts possible along south-facing slopes.
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Additionally, the conditions could be favorable for thunderstorm development, which would bring intense rainfall over a short time period.
Snow levels on Friday will generally be above 7,000 feet but will drop to around 5,000 feet by Saturday, so the mountains could receive some significant snowfall and winter storm conditions due to strong and gusty south to southwest winds.
One area of special concern with the second storm will be the potential for mud and debris flows. Given the potential for heavy and intense rainfall, residents in areas near the recent burn areas should stay alert for potential mud and debris flow issues.
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Source: Santa Clarita News