Rain Showers in SoCal, High Winds Expected

Rain hit the Southland early Wednesday morning.

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    A spring storm brought periodic splashes of rain to a wide area of Southern California Wednesday. But strong winds caused the most problems. Tony Shin reports from Fontana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014)

    Rain showers were reported in parts of Southern California Wednesday morning, with a cold snap expected that could bring winds as high as 60 mph in some areas.

    Rain was reported in Sherman Oaks, Santa Clarita, downtown LA and Pasadena. There is a slight chance more rain will fall Wednesday afternoon but the National Weather Service expects that to be confined mostly to the San Gabriel Valley Foothills and coastal slopes.

    A small amount of snow is anticipated in areas above 6,000 feet.

    For the rest of Southern California, skies will be mostly cloudly the National Weather Service said.

    Wind advisories -- warning truckers or those with high profile vehicles to drive carefully through passes -- are in effect Tuesday afternoon through 11 a.m. Thursday morning, according to NBC4 meteorologist Crystal Egger.

    Winds could kick up to 60 mph in some areas. Officials are warning that dust could cause low visibility.

    Temperatures could dip into the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service.

    Wednesday will be the coolest day of the week at an estimated high of 66 degrees, according to meteorologists.

    The quick-moving storm could clear by Thursday. Forecasters say some areas will see sunny skies.

    Throughout the week, temperatures will be in the 60s in the Los Angeles area and warm up into the 70s by the weekend.

    The storm is only expected to produce a quarter inch of rain at most. It's been an exceptionally dry year. The biggest rain came in late February. After the storm, California's rain levels were at 12.6 inches, which is only about halfway to the average precipitation during a normal rain year in California.

    It's so dry in California that Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. He said this is the driest that California has been since the state began keeping records.

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