Los Angeles

Quick-Moving, Light Rain Event Will Clear, Bring Gusty Afternoon Winds

Light rainfall accompanied by strong winds is forecast to hit parts of greater Los Angeles beginning early Saturday.

The heaviest rain to hit Southern California as a result of a late-season storm out of the Pacific Northwest hit San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Friday. Light rain will then slide into Ventura and Los Angeles counties around midnight and move on later in the day.

"This will be a light, fast-moving storm," NBC4 forecaster Fritz Coleman said. 

The rain will begin in the L.A. Basin at around 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., Coleman said. Rain totals will range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch in the coast and valleys, with the foothills and the mountains possibly seeing more.

The snow will remain above 8,000 feet, and there is currently no chance of mud or debris flows in L.A. County.

A wind advisory is in effect from Saturday morning to the evening in the foothills, mountains and coastal areas.

A small craft advisory will be in effect from noon Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday, and a gale watch will be in force from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening.

Saturday will be followed by two days of sunshine, partly cloudy skies, sunny skies once again, then more rain next Thursday.

Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced Friday that his executive order will lift the state's drought emergency for most of the California after a winter of record rain and snowfall that followed a five-year dry spell.

Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties still face groundwater supply shortages.

About 8 percent of California is still under some type of drought, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report.

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