STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — The stage is still set for a busy end of the week “weather wise.”
The first storm looks like it will move through the area from late Wednesday into early Thursday. This is not going to be a major rain maker, picking up about .25 inches of rain on this system. Snow levels will remain high.
Temperatures will most certainly drop from Tuesday through the end of the week. Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning there will be a break.
Storm two should arrive in the middle of Friday. There will be a good six hours of steady rainfall, with some heavy bursts in between. There is strong upper level support out of the south with this system, which means there is a distinct possibility for small thunderstorms.
Keep in mind when a thunderstorm pops up, that will put recent burn areas in jeopardy. The rain will continue overnight into Saturday. Throughout the day Saturday, the rain becomes showery by nature. Snow will be an issue above 6,000 feet. There are already winter storm watches in place. The snow levels will drop to about 5,000 feet by Saturday — this won’t be a low snow event.
As far as rainfall totals go, expect one to two inches in the flat lands and up to six inches in some favored hillsides. This would be a significant storm during any normal winter season, however, because of the lack of rainfall recently, this will most definitely feel more potent (just because we haven’t had a storm like this in while).
There will be many traffic accidents and possibly some debris flow and flash flooding. Urban flooding will also be an issue (intersections flooded). There could even be a little leftover moisture on Sunday, although, at this point, it looks like the Oscars will be in good shape.
Basin – upper 60s
Beaches – low to mid 60s
Valleys – low 70s
Mountains – low 50s
Deserts – upper 60s