Rain, snow in the mountains: Santa Monica New Years weekend forecast

SANTA MONICA, CA – Heavy rains hit Palos Verdes and much of Southland during the night and early Thursday. Across Los Angeles County, mudslides, debris flows and floods were the stories of the day the Thursday after

A Flash Flood guard remained in place throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, San Bernadino County Mountains, Santa Ana Mountains, and Foothills. In the mountains and foothills, rain of 1 inch to 2.5 inches was expected, with heavy snow falling over 5,000 feet.

Flash flood monitoring will continue through Thursday afternoon for the Los Angeles County fire areas from the Lake, Bobcat, Dam, and Ranch 2 fires.

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Forecasters said the areas could experience “several hours of moderate to heavy rain,” which could lead to flash floods and debris flows.

Through the Southland, a messy morning commute was fortunately easy due to the upcoming New Year holiday weekend.

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The rains along the coast continued all morning, although the rain was expected to subside in the afternoon, giving way to a dry but cool weekend.

A winter storm warning would remain in effect until 8 p.m. for the mountains of Los Angeles County, excluding the Santa Monica Range.

The National Weather Service said 1 to 3 feet of snow would accumulate over 5,000 feet, with “light snow” falling at lower elevations. Gusts were also blowing in the area, with the NWS saying sustained winds of 45 to 80 miles per hour were expected, with gusts from higher elevations reaching up to 60 miles per hour.

“Travel could be very difficult if not impossible,” said the NWS.

Parts of the Angeles Crest Highway have been closed due to poor weather conditions and State Route 39.

Caltrans reminded motorists that chains are mandatory on the Angeles Crest Highway north of La Canada Flintridge. The authority urged drivers to be aware of the road conditions and to expect possible closures due to snow.

Gusts also affected the Antelope Valley. The NWS issued a wind warning until 10:00 p.m. Forecasters said the area should expect winds of 15 to 30 mph and gusts of up to 45 mph, potentially reducing vehicle visibility and blowing dust across the streets.

According to the NWS, LA County’s coastal and valley areas could fall 5 to 10 inches of rain if the storm hits through, with 3 to 7 inches falling in the mountains.

“By (Thursday), the more even rainfall over LA County should at least continue in the morning hours and then get rainier in the afternoon,” said the NWS.

Meteorologists said there could be some thunderstorms.

According to NWS, temperatures will also remain “well below average” in the entire region.

In Orange County, a mandatory evacuation order was downgraded to a voluntary evacuation warning at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Silverado, Williams and Modjeska Canyon.

Soft road closures were expected at the canyon entrances, and many roads were only open to residents, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

The NWS issued flash flood monitoring for the coastal and inland areas of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains, including the Bond Fire area. The flash flood watch is in effect until Thursday afternoon, although the evacuation warning has been downgraded to an evacuation watch from 10 a.m.
“Excessive runoff can lead to flooding of rivers, streams, brooks and other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” said the NWS.

“Flooding can occur in poor drainage areas and in urban areas. Flash floods and debris flows are possible, especially near burn scars.”

NWS forecasters for Orange County said the area could receive up to 2.5 inches of rain along the coast and up to 6 inches in the mountains below 5,000 feet.

An hourly rainfall of 0.6 to 0.7 inches was possible.

The City Intelligence Service contributed to this report.

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