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Josh Rubenstein’s Weather Forecast (Feb. 23)

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STUDIO CITY (KCAL9) — A big storm system is still on track for Southern California later this week.

There are actually two fronts pushing through … I’ll get to that in a second.

First off, it was a lovely Sunday. Temps were hovering in the low 70s and upper 60s as expected.

We are going to continue the same trend for Monday and Tuesday this week. Look for some patchy coastal fog … and that fog could reduce visibility from time to time in the overnight and early morning hours.

The first front will move through on Wednesday. Light showers could reach the LA metro area by the evening and overnight hours.

Don’t expect much from this system. Generally a trace to .10″… however we could see up to .25″ in localized spots.

The Central Coast will have higher rain totals. Thursday afternoon and early Friday will be a break in between the systems … but gusty winds will mark the transition between the two systems. Later Friday, look for heavy rain to move through area.

In fact this could be a 4 to 6 hour event … where we see consistent heavy rains. Right now, we are looking at 1 to 2 inches in the coastal plain and valleys. The totals are more like 4″ to 6″ in the foothills and mountains (certainly this could have a major impact on recent burn areas). Snow levels will be higher with this system as there is a southerly component to it.

Look for levels to drop to 5000′ by Saturday.

Right now, it looks like the Grapevine should be open. We’ll see how the cold air plays out. There is also enough instability with this system that we can’t rule out water spouts and weak tornadoes as the system passes early Saturday.

Basin – upper 60s to low 70s;
Beaches – mid to upper 60s;
Valleys – low 70s;
Deserts – low 70s;
Mountains – mid 50s.

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