LOS ANGELES, CA – The day was only halfway through when Tuesday’s storm broke a rainfall record in downtown Los Angeles for the date of 1888, according to the National Weather Service.
Smooth roads and a flowing LA River testified to the force of the first major storm of the season, which dropped more than two inches of rain in downtown LA by noon. That is more than double the 133-year-old record from 1888.
A sunken vehicle is wedged against a bridge pier in the surging Los Angeles River, making it difficult for firefighters to access on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. The vehicle was spotted in the river before sunrise. Rain soaks Southern California as a heavy storm sweeps across the state, disrupting traffic and increasing the risk of mudslides in fire-torn areas. (AP photo / Damian Dovarganes)
Elsewhere in the county the storm was even more intense, dropping more than 4.5 inches of rain in Woodland Hill before the storm was over. Other parts of the San Fernando Valley saw about 3 inches of rain by noon.
It rained between 5 and 15 cm in some mountain areas in LA County before temperatures dropped and afternoon snow began to fall.
At 410 a.m. additional rain showers move towards I-5 near the #Grapevine. Snow showers in the evening hours with 1-2 inch accumulations possible. Snow level dropped to 2500 feet. #LAWeather #LArain #cawx #Socal pic.twitter.com/d3K9iozVxG
– NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 15, 2021
More than two inches fell in Beverly Hills and Bel Air as well
Several calendar days (December 14th) are broken for today. Downtown #LosAngeles is already up to 2.10 inches tall. The previous record was 0.96 inches in 1888. There is more rain on the way today. #cawx #larain pic.twitter.com/S0f7n99B8w
– NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 14, 2021
The City Intelligence Service contributed to this report.