Spring Storm Drenches Freeways

A spring storm took its time getting to the Southern California coast

A spring storm arrived later than expected Wednesday, but still soaked Southern California throughout the afternoon and into the night.

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Scattered showers were reported Thursday morning. The rain is expected to subside by Thursday afternoon.

The heaviest period of rain occured around 6 p.m., according to a National Weather Service advisory.

"It is generating quite a bit of moisture," said NBC4 forecaster Elita Loresca. "Definitely, keep that umbrella handy."

The NWS forecast between a quarter-inch and three quarters of an inch of  rain in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and between a half-inch  and an inch from southern Santa Barbara to Los Angeles County.

The snow level will start off at the 8,000-foot level tonight but drop  down to between 6,000 and 7,000 by Thursday morning, according to the NWS.

Cold temperatures will not accompany this round of wet weather, unlike other recent storms. Expected temperatures

Temperatures are forecast to reach the high-60s and low-70s. This storm started out much further south than typical Pacific winter storms.

Temperature highs will dip by a few  degrees Thursday before a warming trend begins Friday.

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