LOS ANGELES (CBS) —  Call it the calm before the storm.

The first raindrops have started to fall. But you ain’t seen nothing yet, according to forecasters.

For the next 48 hours, or so, expect a big soaking this weekend.

Evelyn Taft, reporting for KCAL9, says it’s the last big winter storm and it’s going to be an intense one.

The weather is likely to have an impact on St. Patrick’s day festivities, travel to the mountains and the L.A. Marathon Sunday.

Irish pubs and restaurants around the Southland are putting up tents and tarps in anticipation of a wet Saturday. Jennifer Story plans on celebrating at Casey’s Pub downtown. “The tent will stop the rain, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about having fun.”

More intense rain could show up Sunday. And that would put a possible damper on the Marathon. But not if organizers have their way. For them, this is deja vu — it rained last year as well.

The CHP is reminding drivers to slow down. Roads get slippery after an intense rain. And they want to remind drivers heading to the mountains to take extra precautions, like putting chains on tire.

They also want drivers to consider avoiding the Cajon Pass which might be impassable with a big snow.

San Pedro residents are also on edge, reports KCAL9’s Amanda Burden. Rain could make the landslide there a complete catastrophe.

Officials are urging residents to avoid the falling cliff.


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