A low-pressure storm system off the coast of California will bring another round of wet weather and possible thunderstorms to the Southland this weekend, forecasters said.
After a brief respite from storms this week, rain is expected to continue across the Los Angeles area Friday night and continue into Saturday morning, bringing half an inch to an inch of rain. rain during the window.
“That’s the most active part of the storm system,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Oxnard office.
The storm system is expected to move east and drag a warm front across the area on Friday, followed by a cold front Friday night into Saturday.
Here's a look at the low that continues to rotate off the coast, cycling moisture into the area. Those bright blue to green/yellow colors indicate very cold cloud tops and show the location of more active showers/potential for thunderstorms. #socal #cawx #satellite pic.twitter.com/1YHS8vJkfW
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) November 17, 2023
Thunderstorms with high rainfall rates and localized flooding or urban flooding are possible, Sweet said. The rain should start to taper off by midday Saturday, but a cold front moving in late Saturday will bring more rain.
Meteorologists forecast widespread 1 to 3 inches of rain total from the storm system, with south-facing mountain slopes and areas including the Santa Clarita Valley and Newhall likely to receive the most. Snow levels are expected to remain above 7,500 feet.
A wind advisory is in effect for the mountains from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday for winds from the south and southeast of the San Gabriel Mountains and Interstate 5 corridor. After the rain, the forecasters are on guard for “possibly strong” winds from the north that could arrive Sunday, with gusts of 25 to 40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph in the mountains and Interstate 5 corridor. Motorists are advised to drive carefully.
The wet weekend comes after the first wave of storms this week dropped up to 2 inches of rain in LA County before a brief recovery on Thursday.