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Rain and Thunderstorms Heading to LA-Area Mountains

Thunderstorms are possible in Southern California's mountains before the weather returns to above-normal temperatures Monday

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    Thunderstorms are possible in Southern California's mountain areas before temperatures return to above-normal Monday. NBC4 Meteorologist Shanna Mendiola reports for NBC4 News at Noon Thursday, April 23, 2015. (Published Thursday, April 23, 2015)

    Southern Californians should expect cloudy weather throughout the region Thursday evening.

    Thunderstorms are possible in the San Bernardino mountains through the Big Bear mountain ranges and there is a chance of rain in Los Angeles and Orange counties, forecasters say.

    The rain, though welcome in an unyielding drought, is unlikely to make much of a splash. The mountains will get up to a half-inch of rain and there is just a one-fifth chance of measurable precipitation in LA County.

    "We'll see mostly cloudy skies, mostly for everybody. Long Beach through the LA Basin possibly seeing those breaks in the clouds," says NBC4 Meteorologist Shanna Mendiola. "But then the rain will stay for the mountains and also for San Bernardino County, even for Riverside."

    Clouds will linger into the morning but if rain doesn't come early into the night, it probably won't come at all.  

    "Through 9 p.m. tonight, still getting a chance that could spill over into Pomona. But around 10 p.m. we'll see that dry up and stay that way for the rest of the evening," Mendiola says.

    There may be light rain and clouds Friday and Saturday but sunny and above-normal temperatures are set to return by Monday.  

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