NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — After several days of unseasonably warm temperatures, a storm arrived early Monday to bring a much-needed dose of rain to drought-stricken Los Angeles County.
The Pacific storm system was expected to bring widespread rain, high-altitude snow and gusty winds through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Thunderstorms, which could trigger heavy downpours and hail, were also possible for Southland, the NWS said. The storm was expected to bring 0.25 to 0.50 inches per hour.
Weather officials warned the storm could make things more difficult for commuters in Angeleno.
“The driving rain, sometimes heavy, is likely to create additional slowdowns and delays for the Monday morning commute – this could be a very difficult ride,” said Jonathan Porter, chief meteorologist for AccuWeather.
“Motorists are reminded that, especially when the rain begins after being dry for a long time, oil and other materials on the road surface can produce extremely slippery road conditions when driving. mix with the falling rain,” he said.
Rain is expected to fall at a moderate pace throughout the morning, with heavier showers expected by Monday afternoon. Between half an inch and 1.5 inches of rain was possible on the coast and in the valleys, with one to three inches possible in the foothills and mountains, weather officials said.
A winter storm watch was in effect through Monday evening in the mountains of Los Angeles County – excluding the Santa Monica Range – where heavy snowfall was possible, with accumulations of 8 to 12 inches. above 6,000 feet and wind gusts up to 60 mph.
Monday’s high temperature is expected to be around 61 degrees in downtown Los Angeles.
Stormy conditions are expected to dissipate Tuesday evening, with temperatures again climbing 5 to 10 degrees, according to the NWS. Forecasters said there was a slight chance of rain in Southland from Thursday to Friday.
The storm comes just a week after the state imposed new water restrictions in response to California’s worsening drought.
Unless counties start seeing more rainfall this month, January through March will be the driest rainy season in at least a century, water officials said last week.
In Southland, approximately one-third of the region’s water comes from the state supply, most of which is piped through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The agency serves 19 million inhabitants.
“We all need to take this drought more seriously and dramatically step up our water conservation efforts to help preserve our dwindling storage levels and ensure we have the water we need through the summer and winter. ‘fall,” Abel Hagekhalil, the district’s chief executive, said in a report.