Next Big Storms Heading Our Way

2-3" of rain are possible this weekend

It may be time to buy that umbrella you've been putting off.

Two storms are heading towards the Southland that promise to keep the region wet Thursday through Saturday, forecasters said.

A half-inch of rain is possible tonight and Friday morning in the Greater Los Angeles Area, while the second storm could bring up to an inch-and- a-half to coastal and valley areas and up to two-and-a-half inches to the mountains, the National Weather Service reported.

Residents who live in and below watersheds denuded by the 250-square- mile Station Fire and other recent blazes should not have to worry about the first storm, although they should not let their guard down, said NWS Meteorologist Andrew Rorke.

"The first storm doesn't look like a concern to the burn areas," Rorke said in a telephone interview.

 "The second one, it definitely has potential to bring concern to the burn areas. We know it's going to be bigger. We don't know yet what sort of intensities it will bring."

2-3" may fall in the foothills mid to late Sunday, according to KNBC Weather Forecaster Elita Loresca. The first storm is expected in the early morning hours of Friday.

Both storms are coming out of the west and will be somewhat warmer than the wintry blast that blew in out of the northwest earlier this week, Rorke said.

The snow level during both storms will be around 6,000-7,000 feet, about the same level as ski resorts in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges, Rorke said. The high passes, including the Grapevine section of the Golden State 5 Freeway, is not likely to see heavy snow falls, Rorke said.

High surf advisories will remain in effect along the Los Angeles and Orange county coasts through Friday afternoon, according to the Weather Service. Local sets of 10 feet are possible, forecasters said.

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