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STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — We are still watching this late-season storm move down the coast toward Southern California.

The initial cold front yesterday fell apart as it draped across the region with little or no rain. Now, the upper-level low has shifted slightly off-shore and is making it’s push south. It’s moving a little slower than the initial models, so timing on this system will be pushed back slightly.

The main rainfall for this system will fall in the overnight and early morning hours of Friday. The only fly in the ointment for the forecast is the placement of this low: if it moves any more to the west, there is the possibility it could bypass the LA area completely and turn inland over Baja Mexico. That would bring our rain totals down significantly.

Nevertheless, we are going to have cold air and if we tap into that moisture we will see low snow levels down to 3,000 feet. We could see 3″ to 6″ of accumulation.

The combination of accumulation and wind have prompted winter storm warnings for our mountain communities by both the Oxnard and San Diego offices of the NWS. While Saturday will still be unstable, it should mostly be dry. Then we will rebound back pretty fast with much warmer temperatures for Sunday and Monday.

Coast-upper 50s
Basin-low 60s
Valleys-low 60s
Mountains-low 40s
Deserts-low 60s

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