A storm is expected in Southern California during the Christmas week and residents are happy about it. John Cadiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 Late News on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
A cold series of storms could bring up to a half inch of rain and snow to Southern California this week as a low-pressure system hovers near the West Coast, forecasters said.
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Forecasters predict light rain through Monday with a colder storm and heavier rain and mountain snow possible on Wednesday into early Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
A trough of low pressure near the West Coast will bring moist onshore flow through Monday.
People in North Hollywood took the weather in stride, saying they enjoyed the cooler temperatures, especially during Christmas.
“It makes it feel all cozy,” said Wendy Corona, of Burbank, as she nuzzled with her daughter. “We bundle up. Oh so nice.”
Deena Moharbe welcomes the cool weather.
"Put on the fireplace. Get cozy. Hot chocolate. I feel it adds to the atmosphere," she said. "We had too much sun anyways. I think it's about time."
Added her husband, Tony: "Anytime we get any kind of weather, it's nice, especially during this time of year."
Periods of light rain and drizzle are expected with the bulk of the precipitation to fall on Monday.
Gusty winds will develop in the mountains and deserts.
Rainfall totals through Monday for Orange and San Bernardino counties could range from one to two tenths of an inch at lower elevations to one-quarter to one-half inch on the coastal mountain slopes.
Snow levels could drop to around 6,000 feet into Monday with a couple of inches of snowfall possible, above 6,500 feet.
Winds could gust up to 50 mph late Sunday and into Monday afternoon in the mountains and deserts.
A colder low pressure system from the northwest could bring moderate rain west of the mountains with snow levels dropping to as low as 3,500 feet.
Officials were warning motorists to drive carefully as mountain roads may be difficult at times due to dense fog, slick roads, strong winds and snow.
Travel through the Cajon Pass and I-8 corridors may be impacted by freezing temperatures Wednesday night and Thursday.