More Rain Expected Later This Week

Some roads and off-ramps were closed with flooding and there was a surge in freeway accidents

Gusty winds, cold temperatures, and rain soaked the Southland Sunday and more wet weather is expected later this week, weather forecasters said.

Blue could be seen in Los Angeles skies by afternoon, but it was bookended by heavy morning rains and another round of showers that  included thunder and lightning in some areas at dusk, including a hard pounding in the foothill communities of the Station Fire burn area.

By 10 a.m., automated rain gauges around the region reported around a half inch of rain had fallen. The hills above Malibu received the most rain, with .63 inches reported in Trancas Canyon.

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The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the area which includes Sunland, Tujunga and La Crescenta, estimating that a half-inch of rain hit the area in about a half-hour, renewing the mudslide worries.

The snow level dropped to 5,500 feet and heavy snow was reported on 5,700-foot-high Mt. Wilson where chains were required to reach the mountaintop. Mountain High Ski resort opened Saturday after getting about four inches of natural snow Friday.

State Route 120 between Lee Vining and Yosemite are among several mountain passes that were snow-covered and impassible. An National Park Service ranger said the pass, also known as Tioga Road, will be evaluated next week to see if it can be reopened this fall, or if it will remain unplowed for the winter.

Snow closures are reported on Monitor Pass (Route 89) and Sonora Pass (Route 108) north of Mammoth Lakes. Those roads typically remain impassible after the first major winter snowstorm, until the spring thaw.

Some roads and off-ramps were closed with flooding and there was a surge in freeway accidents, but no reports of major problems.

Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s are expected Monday but another storm is forecasted to bring showers sometime Friday and into the weekend.

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