MONTECITO (CBSLA) — Residents in recent burn and mudslide-devastated areas were told Monday to get ready to evacuate again as the first of two winter storms bears down on Southern California.

Few problems were being reported Monday as rain began to fall, but it was early yet in this cold storm expected to last through Tuesday.

A cold storm system originating from the eastern Gulf of Alaska is expected to bring snow to low elevations and showers.

As much as 6 inches of snow could fall to elevation levels as low as 2,500 feet and could complicate the evening commute for drivers into and out of the Antelope Valley, where light snow is expected on the 14 and 138 freeways.


Scattered showers began falling about dinnertime Monday, and even included some light snow in the Grapevine area and in other local mountains.

Monday night’s rainfall brings the first real threat of debris flows and flooding since the Jan. 9 mudslides that killed 21 people in Montecito, mostly in voluntary evacuation zones. The mudslide destroyed more than 100 homes, including a historical landmark and a mental health hospital.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)


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