Steady Rain Drenches Southland Communities

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Steady rain generated by a storm out of the Gulf of Alaska drenched the Southland Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood advisory was in force through the late morning hours.

CBS2’s Craig Herrera reported multiple Southland communities accumulated several inches of rain.

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A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 2 p.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday in the San Gabriel Mountains, meteorologists said.

Snow level will remain above 8,000 feet in advance of a cold front, but could drop to as low as 2,000 feet.

According to the NWS, the storm will be the biggest of the rain season so far, which runs from October to May.

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The threat of flash flooding targeted the so-called burn areas of Los Angeles County, in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains and the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys, as well as in the areas of Ventura County.

Periods of heavy rain could lead to flash flooding and debris flows down slopes stripped of vegetation in the Sand, Fish, Sage, Old, Solimar, Springs and other recent fire areas.

Forecasters do not expect thunderstorms to be present.

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However, there is a band of strong and potentially damaging winds threatening the region.

A high wind warning will remain in force until 10 a.m. in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley.

Winds in those areas are expected to blow at between 20 and 35 mph.

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The rain began falling Thursday morning across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, and then spread to Ventura and Los Angeles counties in the afternoon.

The storm intensified as the day wore on.

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