LOS ANGELES, CA – A powerful rainstorm was expected to move through the Los Angeles area on Monday, sparking a week of back-to-back storms.
According to the National Weather Service, Monday’s fast-moving storm could bring between a half inch and 1 inch of rain with the potential for more. The rainfall comes after a brief respite from rainy weather on Sunday. However, colder than average temperatures will combine with storms to lower snow levels in local mountains while creating the risk of flooding and dangerous driving conditions throughout the region. Rain and snow will remain in the forecast until New Year’s Eve, except for a brief return of sunshine on Tuesday.
A winter storm warning was issued Monday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the mountains of Los Angeles County, excluding the Santa Monica Range, where heavy snowfall was expected. Up to 10 inches were predicted above 5,000 feet, with lighter accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible between 4,000 and 5,000 feet. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph were also forecast. Snow levels could dip below 2,500 feet on Tuesday, with dust in the foothills.
The NWS warned motorists of reduced visibility in blowing snow areas and said people should be prepared for dangerous winter driving conditions in the local mountains.
High temperatures on Monday are expected to be in the upper 40s and 50s. Overnight lows will fall into the 30s in some valley and mountain areas, and highs in the 20s in Antelope Valley.
Likewise, cold temperatures prevailed all week.
Forecasters said the next storm after that would affect the region from Tuesday evening through Thursday, with another system moving quickly from the north on Friday.
New Year’s Day was forecast to be dry but cool across the region, although the forecast could still change by then.
City and Patch News Service member Paige Austin contributed to this report.