Southern California to Get Rainy Weekend, High Surf

By Melissa Pamer
|  Friday, Nov 30, 2012  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Latest Storm System Could Replenish SoCal's Water Supply

A surfer in Huntington Beach looked for his moment during stormy weather -- and a high surf advisory -- on Friday morning.

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A Little Rain Sends SoCal Drivers Sliding

While it didn't rain all that hard Thursday, roads were wet enough to tangle up Southern California drivers. "The moment we hear rain, as Highway Patrol officers, we brace for the worst," says CHP Officer Saul Gomez. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2012.

Latest Storm System Could Replenish SoCal's Water Supply

Pacific moisture is streaming toward the West Coast, and is forecast to produce incredible amounts of rain and mountain snow. This heavy precipitation-producing weather system flows along a phenomenon scientists refer to as the "atmospheric river." It's a low-lying stream of moisture that can be beneficial for the water supply in Southern California. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2012.
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Either suffering through it or enjoying Friday morning's storm, Southern Californians can look for more of the same in the coming weekend.

The second of four consecutive storms dumped precipitation on the region Friday, and the rain was expected to continue at a moderate rate through the middle of the day and into the night.

More rain is expected over the next two days, with the most intense rainfall beginning Saturday night and into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms are expected to weaken as they move south and east, so northwestern areas will likely receive more rain than areas to the southeast.

The weather service had issued a hazardous weather outlook and high surf advisory.

Complete weather forecast from NBC4

Dangerous rip currents and 5-to-8-foot surf, with swells of 9-to-11 feet, were expected on west-facing beaches. The highest surf was expected Friday night into Saturday.

The high surf advisory was expected to remain in effect till 10 p.m. Sunday in Los Angeles and Ventrua counties, and until 1 p.m. Monday in Orange County.

Dense Friday morning fog in the mountains of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties was dissipating by midday.

Just as classes were starting, the rain brought a large tree down on top of a parked car in the San Pedro area near Leland Street Elementary School.

There were multiple crashes on area freeways as well, including jackknifed big rigs in Irvine and in Pasadena.

The storm was not expected to bring much snow to local ski slopes, with only the highest peaks expected to get any real precipitation. Snow levels were expected remain about 8,000 feet.

Rainfall was expected to total between 1/4 and 3/4 of an inch in coastal and valley areas, with 3/4 of an inch and 1 1/2 inches in foothills and mountains.

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