High surf pounded the coast Friday ahead of a storm expected to bring rain and possibly damaging winds this weekend, the National Weather Service said.
Waves between 8 and 14 feet are expected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where a high surf warning will be in effect until 3 a.m. Saturday. In Orange County, the surf will reach 6 to 10 feet, with the advisory scheduled to expire at 10 p.m. Saturday.
The highest surf will hit west and northwest facing beaches, and an even bigger swell could approach the coast by Sunday through early Monday, the NWs said. Forecasters warn the large surf may cause minor beach erosion and the strong rip currents may pose a risk for swimmers and surfers.
Scattered rain is expected Sunday during the morning and midday hours and could possibly linger across Los Angeles County into Sunday evening, according to the NWS.
Rainfall totals will range between a half-inch and an inch in much of the area, with one to two inches in the mountains and foothills. Some roadway flooding, debris flow and damaging winds are also possible, the National weather Service said.
“Downed trees and power lines will be a significant concern with this system,” NWS said.
The storm will also bring snowfall in higher elevations. Snow level will start at 7,000 feet during the day Sunday but drop down significantly Sunday night to 4,000 feet. This would create icy travel over the pass areas, including the Grapevine. Snowfall amounts will range from 6 to 12 inches (higher on the peaks) above 6,000 feet.