A new storm system headed for the Southland Thursday, promising rainfall and snow from as early as tonight and possibly headaches for residents near fire-denuded areas, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service said the storm would bring "at least moderate, and possibly heavy amounts of precipitation to Southwestern California."
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Through Saturday afternoon, the storm could generate from three quarters of an inch to an inch-and-a-half of rain in coastal and valley areas, and from an inch-and-a-half to three inches in the foothills and mountains, according to an NWS advisory.
"Brief periods of heavy rain are possible with this system, and residents near burn areas should be prepared to take action should heavier rain develop," it said. "Thunderstorm activity cannot be ruled out, especially late Friday into Saturday."
Above 6,500 feet, between 6 and 12 inches of snow is likely to accumulate from late Friday through Saturday, NWS forecasters said. Several inches are also expected above 5,500 feet.
Along with rain and snow, the approaching system will churn up gusty southeast-to-south winds Friday and Friday night, with gusts of between 45 and 55 miles per hour likely, forecasters said.