Rain Expected for Southern California Throughout Weekend

Mountain regions will see up to five inches of snow

By Michael L. Kaufman
|  Friday, Dec 14, 2012  |  Updated 5:57 PM PDT
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Southern California will see periods of rain on and off throughout the weekend and into next week as a series of storms make their way down the Pacific Coast.

The first storm is expected to begin Friday night and leave up to three-quarters of an inch rain in and around the LA basin, San Fernando Valley, and Orange County, and will continue throughout the morning Saturday.
The Inland Empire should also see precipitation, and a winter weather advisory will remain in effect.
The National Weather Service reported that snow will fall in the mountains, with the highest elevations expected to see up to 5 inches. Elevations of 3,500 feet, including Lancaster and Palmdale, will see a light dusting of snow and temperatures around freezing.
The mountains and deserts will continue to experience wind gusts Friday evening but are expected to decrease overnight. Small-craft advisories will remain in effect in coastal regions until 9 a.m. Saturday.
Temperatures Saturday are expected to reach the high 50s to low 60s during the day and fall into the 40s in the evening.
On Sunday, a second wave of storms will begin and continue into the night bring a 50 percent chance of light rains throughout the region.

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