Spotty Showers Dampen Morning Commute

Another round of wet weather will bring scattered showers to the region throughout most of Tuesday.

The showers arrived overnight and will be off-and-on throughout the day due to a moist airstream coming from the southwest. There were no flood advisories as of Tuesday morning, but commuters can expect slick roads through the morning drive.

The rain could possibly continue through Wednesday morning. But the day will be partly cloudy and dry later in the day.

Tuesday's weaker front comes after Monday's storm which brought moderate showers to Southern California. Some parts of the region saw up to one inch of rain. Flood advisories for Los Angeles County were canceled and the vulnerable hillside along Laurel Canyon, part of which gave way a few weeks ago, appears to have held up.

A large tree in a Long Beach neighborhood fell over overnight Monday and narrowly missed a family's bedroom while they were sleeping. No one was injured.

LA County Public Works tweeted Monday that Downtown Los Angeles has already received 15.89 inches of rain halfway through storm season, which is more than its yearly average of 15.38 inches. 

Sections of the Sierra Nevada could see more than two feet of snow during three storms expected to batter the state through midweek. That's a good sign for the drought in California, which has been swamped during a wet winter that has brought no shortage of rain and snow after five straight dry years.

January's storms lifted the northern half of the state out of drought. This time last year, 95 percent of California was in drought, after the driest three-year stretch in the state's history. 

The California Drought Monitor report released Thursday showed improvement in the severe drought category. About 20 percent of California remains in severe drought, down from 26 percent last week and 61 percent three months ago.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, a vital part of the state's water supply, is at 173 of average, with the most snow recorded since 1995, state water managers said. Thursday's manual survey at Phillips Station, which has been measured each winter since 1941, showed snow depth at 90.3 inches.

In January, back-to-back-to-back storms from the tropics that each dropped a hurricane's worth of water on the state have put the state at 108 percent of its normal rain and snow for the year, with two months still left in the rainy season, said Michael Dettinger, a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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