Two Storms Poised to Strike Southland


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Two storm systems took aim at the Southland today and will generate on-and-off rainfall over several days, forecasters said.

The first was in the Pacific some 700 miles west of Los Angeles this morning, poised to trigger showers starting late tonight, said National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Hall.

The second of the two approaching systems -- the colder of the two -- is some 500 miles off British Colombia and will reach the Southland Sunday night, he said, adding that southerly winds will be one of its components.

The snow level will be above 6,000 feet Sunday night, then fall to near 4,000 feet Tuesday through Thursday, according to the NWS.

Also expected from late Sunday night into Monday are between a fourth of an inch and a half-inch of rain in L.A. and Ventura counties.

The NWS forecast slick roads starting Sunday night and possible delays in Monday morning's commute. Also possible over the coming days are lower snow levels and minor flooding and debris flows.

The weather service forecast showers in L.A. County today and highs of 42 degrees on Mount Wilson; 54 in Palmdale; 55 in Lancaster; 57 in Saugus; 60 in Woodland Hills; 61 in Pasadena, San Gabriel and Burbank; 62 in Avalon Long Beach and at LAX; and 64 in Downtown L.A. Cloudy skies were expected Saturday and Sunday, followed by rain on Monday, cloudy skies Tuesday, then more rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Until then, highs will generally run in the low to mid-60s.

In Orange County, the forecast today was for partly cloudy skies and highs of 42 degrees on Santiago Peak; 52 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 57 at Fremont Canyon; 58 at Trabuco Canyon; 60 in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 61 in Newport Beach; 62 in Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo; and 64 in Fullerton, Anaheim and Irvine. Showers are forecast in Orange County on Monday and Wednesday. Every other day through Thursday will be cloudy.

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