With more than an inch of rain downtown and more to come, forecasters said Saturday that drought-parched Los Angeles could be close to its seasonal rainfall norm once a storm due early Monday dumps its load.
"We're trying to catch up," said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
Scattered showers -- snow at the higher elevations -- are expected through the day. Then, another storm is due to arrive after midnight Sunday.
At least three waterspouts -- tornadoes over the water -- were spotted off Long Beach shortly after 7 a.m. A photographer for LBReport.com caught an image of one snaking out of a dark cloud over the San Pedro shipping channel about 9 a.m.
A flash flood watch for the burn areas was in effect through 6 p.m. Saturday, and a winter storm warning was in effect for the mountains until Saturday evening.
Los Angeles gets about 15 inches of rain per year on average. From July 1 through midnight, 6.47 inches has fallen at the NWS weather station at USC, where the season norm for this time of year is 7.9 inches, Bartling said.
A cold storm that could produce snow at elevations as low as about 2,500 is expected to arrive early Monday and bring another half-inch to an inch of rain to the metro area, Bartling said.
Amid a downpour Friday night in Sylmar, where the Sayre wildfire denuded the hillsides in November, mudslides were reported along Lopez Canyon Road, where two vehicles were reported stuck in the mess.
In Sierra Madre, where nearly 4 inches of rain fell, mud flowed down Skyline Drive, where residents were sand-bagging to keep the slurry out of driveways and homes.
At least one garage was damaged at 745 Skyline, but homeowner Andy Dotson and a crew with shovels fought back the mud. Concrete barriers have been placed along the shoulders of the road to keep mud out of homes.
In the San Gabriel Mountains at Opid's Camp, more than 7 inches of rain fell. The spot, about five miles north of Mount Wilson at an elevation of about 3,500 feet, is known as the rainiest spot in the area.
Elsewhere, rainfall amounts varied widely. Santa Monica got 1.63 inches, while only .86 inch fell just miles away at the Bel-Air Hotel in Stone Canyon.
In the mountains, at least 36 inches of snow has fallen at Mount Baldy.
Mountain High reported getting 16-24 inches.
Snow could cause problems for motorists Monday, along the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 and in the Cajon Pass.
The Cajon and Tejon passes top out at more than 4,000 feet, and snow
levels could fall as low as 2,500 feet early Monday, Bartling said.