Rain, Snow Possible by Mid-Week in Southern California

Temperatures will dip in the 40s in some Southern California mountains

By Elita Loresca and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Monday, Oct 8, 2012  |  Updated 5:54 PM PDT
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NBC4 forecaster Fritz Coleman says SoCal's first fall storm is in on the way, and could bring with it snow down into the 7,000-ft area.

NBC4 forecaster Fritz Coleman says SoCal's first fall storm is in on the way, and could bring with it snow down into the 7,000-ft area.

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Weather Forecast: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

Here's a look at today's weather forecast. A storm system might arrive in Southern California later this week as cool temperatures continue across most of the region.
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A storm system might bring rain and snow to Southern California by the middle of the week as temperatures transition from last week's record highs to more fall-like conditions.

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Rainfall totals of .10 to .50 inches are possible between Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Snow levels might drop to 7,000 feet.

"There is a threat of thunderstorms," said forecaster Elita Loresca. "That could mean some heavy rain, gusty winds and hail."

Temperatures will remain in the mid-70s in downtown Los Angeles and low-80s inland Monday before an eight- to 10-degree drop by mid-week. In mountain areas, temperatures will be in the high-60s Monday, but dip to the mid-40s by Thursday.

The significant drop in temperature readings comes seven days after a record-high of 99 degrees in Lancaster as October opened with a blast of summer-like heat. Temperatures in the high-70s are forecast for Monday in Lancaster.

A cooling trend is in place across much of the country this week. More than 70 record-low temperatures were set in the upper Midwest during the weekend. Frost and freeze advisories were in effect Monday for several states.

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