SoCal Storm Pointing to a Messy Monday

A last gasp at a winter storm for Southern California

Los Angeles is starting to feel more like Seattle.

A winter-style storm out of the Gulf of Alaska was expected to bring nearly an inch of rain to the Los Angeles area Monday, as residents in burn areas braced for possible mud flows.

South-facing mountain areas could get up to 3 inches of rain by the time the storm moves east, according to the National Weather Service. Geologists have warned that slides are possible anytime rainfall rates approach an inch per hour.

Forecasters expect a chance of thunderstorms and showers through the day. Rainfall totals around the Los Angeles Basin were expected to range from about 3/4 of an inch to 1 1/2 inches. Highs Monday will be in the lower 60s.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works crews were monitoring the catch basins in flood-prone foothill neighborhoods such as La Canada Flintridge, where K-rails have lined some canyon roads for months.

A foot or more of snow could fall at elevations of 6,000 feet or more.

With a little more than an half-inch of rain a week ago Monday, downtown Los Angeles hit its average annual rainfall total of about 15 inches for the first time in five years.

Storm-damaged roads traversing the Angeles National Forest will be closed until the rain quits.
 

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