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Rain and Cold Temperatures Dampen Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

Southern California's mercurial spring weather is expected to bring another day of substantial rainfall Sunday, along with unseasonably cold temperatures and a light dusting of snow in the mountains above Los Angeles.

NBC4 Meteorologist Fritz Coleman said there was dime-sized hail, lightning strikes and flood warnings Saturday in parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, namely the Tehachapi and the northern slope of the Ventura County Mountains.

Sunday should bring a "light to moderate" rain event that should be gone by early Monday morning around 3 a.m to 4 a.m, Coleman said. But before a dry Memorial Day, Sunday expects to provide consistent rain, he said.

"Memorial Day will be partly cloudy," the meteorologist said, before warning, "It will not be warm."

The storm is bringing colder than average temperatures, with downtown Los Angeles expected to have a high of 61 degrees on Sunday.

Coleman said the out-of-season part of the storm is the low snow levels, with snow levels down to about 5,500 feet. From 6 a.m. Sunday through 3 a.m. Monday, elevations of 6,500 feet are forecasted to get about 2-6 inches of snow, while elevations of 5,500 should get about an inch of snow over the same time period.

The rainfall should vary from about a tenth of an inch of rain in Malibu to about half an inch of rain in San Bernardino, Coleman said.

Things should dry out in time for Monday's Memorial Day holiday, when the skies are expected to be at least partly sunny. No further rain is forecasted in the Los Angeles area next week, when temperatures are expected to hover in the 70s. 

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