According to the National Weather Service, the next storm system will bring the potential for periods of heavy rain, significant snow in the mountains and strong winds. In addition, there's a chance of waterspouts, isolated small tornados and thunderstorms, with heavy downpours, hail, strong winds and lightning.
The Weather Service also advised that a strong low pressure system in the Eastern Pacific has generated a large west-northwest swell that reached coastal waters this morning.
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"Most of the swell energy will be focused north of Point Conception, but some swell energy will impact the coastal areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties," according to the NWS.
Surfers won't have far to go for a Zen moment Thursday.
The Weather Service put out a high-surf advisory for LA and Ventura county. In Ventura, 10-foot sets are possible.
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Higher than normal surf of 4 to 6 feet, with local sets of 7 feet, is expected across Los Angeles County through Thursday night. The highest waves are expected across west-facing beaches, from Santa Monica southward to Palos Verdes.
Published at 7:17 AM PST on Feb 17, 2011 | Updated at 7:36 AM PST on Feb 17, 2011