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Lingering Storm Drenches the Morning Drive, and There’s Another One on the Way

Rain will soak roads for the Friday morning drive in Los Angeles

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What to Know

  • A storm system that brought heavy rain Tuesday will produce more wet weather into Friday
  • Expect extremely wet conditions for the Friday morning commute
  • Another storm is on schedule to arrive Sunday

A storm system has been around for most of the week is squeezing out A final round of wet weather Friday in Southern California.

Drivers can expect extremely wet conditions for the Friday commute. It's due to a storm that arrived early this week and produced periods of heavy rain Tuesday before steady rain throughout much of Thursday.

About 3 inches of rain was reported in Woodland Hills since midday Thursday.

"If you're picking up the kids from school this afternoon, take the umbrella," said NBC4 forecaster Belen De Leon.

Showers will be lighter Friday afternoon.

Up to 3 inches of rain are possible in the San Gabriel Mountains and up to 2 inches at lower elevations. There's a slight chance of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, and these could generate brief, heavy downpours, small hail, and waterspouts.

In the San Gabriel mountains, the snow level will be at 7,500 feet.

The expected precipitation results from an upper low off the coast. The storm infused with tropical moisture delivered some relief from an unsually dry spell to start the year in California.

The low behind the current storm will start moving south Friday, but rain is still possible this weekend.

"Today and through tomorrow, we could see up to a half of an inch more," said De Leon.

Another storm, this one a colder system originating in the Pacific northwest, will reach SoCal late Sunday. That system could cause roadway flooding and hazardous driving conditions, minor mud and debris flows over areas denuded by wildfires.

The forecast remains wet through the middle of next week.

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