Winter Storm Set to Exit Southland; Warmer Weather Ahead

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The tail end of a winter storm moved across the Southland today, with forecasters calling for a chance of showers through this afternoon followed by dry weather tonight.

The National Weather Service said the dry weather is expected to continue through the weekend, with another chance of rain for northern sections of the Southland on Sunday night into Monday. Dry conditions are then expected Tuesday through Thursday.

However, a flash flood watch remained in effect through 4 a.m. Friday for the Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills, Orange County inland areas and the Silverado and Bond burn scars in Orange County.

Temperatures will be slightly warmer but still below normal Friday through Monday, with gradual warming through the middle of next week, the NWS said.

Snow continued to fall in higher mountain elevations in the early hours Friday, but any additional rainfall will likely remain under a tenth of an inch and snowfall likely up to an inch, the weather service said.

A winter storm warning expired at 10 p.m. Thursday for the Los Angeles County mountains, excluding the Santa Monica range. It had warned of 3 to 6 inches could fall at elevations above 4,000 feet, with lower elevations receiving just a dusting of snow.

Evacuation orders were in place Thursday in Silverado and Williams canyons, following a mudslide early Wednesday that cascaded onto Silverado Canyon Road. No injuries were reported.

The evacuation order in Modjeska Canyon was lifted and changed to an evacuation warning. Modjeska Canyon residents can return home starting at 6 p.m., but they need to be alert to evacuate again if necessary.

On Wednesday, the storm system dropped more than three-quarters of an inch of rain in Culver City and more than a half-inch in downtown Los Angeles, Hawthorne and Los Angeles International Airport, according to the NWS. Mount Wilson received 6 inches or more of snow.

The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management urged residents to be prepared for possible power outages, and to be careful on the roads.

“Rainfall has finally arrived once again in L.A. County, and residents should practice rain safety tips during morning commutes and be prepared for power outages if they should occur, especially since many individuals are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic,'' said Kevin McGowan, director of the county office.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced that weather-activated shelters will be open until 7 a.m. Friday at Loma Alta Park in Altadena; Glassell Park Recreation Center; Mary Bethune, Enterprise and Leon Washington parks in South Los Angeles; and Alondra Park in Torrance.

Information about shelters is available by calling 211 or 800-548-6047.

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