A flash flood warning remains in effect through Wednesday evening because of the strong storm front beating up the area.
Periods of rain today, ranging from light sprinkles to moderately heavy downpours, are the result of a strong frontal system that is sweeping across southwestern California tonight and Wednesday. Thunderstorms are possible Tuesday night.
Rainfall rates with the frontal system may reach three-quarters to one inch of rain per hour, especially if thunderstorms hit the area.
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The constant rain increases the threat of mud and debris flows in and around burn areas. Gusty winds are expected tonight and early Wednesday. South to southeast winds, 35 MPH or greater, are predicted to increase late this afternoon and peak during the night, diminishing in the morning.
Winds and rain will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. With rain-soaked ground, trees are also more susceptible to uprooting.
The rain has had an adverse effect on the traffic, with roads washing out in the Antelope Valley and potholes on the I-5 near Cherry Canyon. The number of collisions has increased significantly; fortunately, most are only fender-benders that might have been avoided by decreasing speed and increasing caution.