Rain Might Return Late Tuesday

A strong late season cold front will sweep over Southern California Tuesday, but showers are expected to taper off by noon.

The CHP said 115 accidents were reported on LA county freeways Tuesday. About 30 accidents were reported during a comparable time period one week ago.

The report covered the normal morning commute period, from 5 to 9 a.m.,  California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Connelly said.

Gusty winds up to 50 mph will affect Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles counties. The Weather Service said we should expect between one-half and one and one-half inches of rain in the valleys and foothills.

A second storm moving in was expected to bring more rain through Wednesday. Together, the late-season storms could bring up to an inch of rain.

At the peak of the storm, the Weather Service noted, we should expect sustained winds between 30 and 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph in the mountains and deserts.  The winds described set the stage for dangerous driving conditions for high profile vehicles.

Snow levels will be 5,000-6,000 feet, with up to three inches of snow  accumulation above 6,500 feet

Cold air that came through the region resulted in record lows for Monday  at Long Beach Airport, UCLA, Lancaster and Sandberg.

The low of 49 at Long Beach Airport broke the old record of 50 set in  1964. The low of 47 at UCLA broke the old record of 48 set in 1953. The low of  42 at Lancaster tied the record of 42 set in 1955. The low of 32 at Sandberg in  the Antelope Valley broke the record of 33 set in 1977.

The last time downtown Los Angeles had more than an inch of rain in May  was on May 12, 1998, with 1.18 inches.

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