Rain on Tap for Friday Morning Commute | NBC Southern California

Rain on Tap for Friday Morning Commute

A storm system is expected to reach Southern California overnight and linger into Friday morning, and like so many other Angelenos, the rain will then head to Coachella.

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    Fans arrived in Indio a day early for the first weekend of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. But law enforcement was ready, prepping the small town for a big party. NBC4's Jacob Rascon reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 11, 2012. (Published Friday, April 13, 2012)

    Having just dried off from a recent springtime storm, Los Angeles will get hit once again with rain heading into the weekend thanks to a storm moving south from the Bay Area.

    Thursday will remain mostly dry with highs in the low 60s. Precipitation could reach Southern California as early as Thursday evening.

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    "Ahead of this storm system, through (Thursday) afternoon, we'll see some clouds beginning to build in, and I think by later on (Thursday) night, we'll start to see a hint of some moisture working its way across Venture County," NBC4 meteorologist Elita Loresca said.

    Friday's morning commute could see moderate to heavy rains as the storm moves inland.

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    Between 1/2 and 1 inch of rain is expected through Friday for the coastal areas and valleys. The foothills and mountain regions could get 1 to 2 inches of rain.

    Winter storm warnings, along with wind alerts, were issued for much of Southern California through early Saturday morning.

    Bracing for snow and icy conditions, Los Angeles County is set to close the following roads from 11:30 p.m. Thursday until weather conditions improve:

    • Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road
    • Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Angeles Forest Highway to SR-2 (Angeles Crest Highway)

    Rain Opens for Coachella

    For music festival goers at Coachella, the chance for rain peaks Friday between 11 a.m. and about 3 p.m., with precipitation expected to trail off heading into the evening sets. The high in Indio for Friday is 70, with a low of 52.

    Saturday will have a 20 percent chance of rain with a high of 72 and a low of 53.

    The festival's final day will be closer to typical Coachella weather, with a high of 82 degrees and a 0 percent chance of precipitation.

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