What there is to know
- The first of the two systems will bring scattered showers Wednesday through Thursday.
- A second system will bring more consistent rain Friday through Saturday.
- Snow levels will remain above 7,500 to 8,000 feet for mountain communities.
Days of scattered showers are forecast for Southern California.
The rain will come in two waves, the first starting Wednesday to Thursday. A second round of scattered showers begins Friday and continues through the weekend.
The first system off the coast will drop rain onto the ocean before eventually moving east. Precipitation will be spread out over several hours, making it unlikely that the system will produce significant showers.
Clouds will increase Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the first scattered rains will arrive. Intermittent showers will amount to 0.50 to 1.50 inches of rain for the coast, basin and valleys.
1 to 2 inches of rain is expected in the foothills and mountains with snow levels between 7,500 and 8,000 feet. Winds will gust between 30 and 50 mph.
“You will find pockets of heavier rain moving into parts of our region,” said NBCLA forecaster Melissa Magee. “The same is true heading into Thursday.”
More sustained rain arrives on Friday and persistent showers on Saturday. A band of steady rain is expected to move across the region late Friday and early Saturday morning.
“It doesn’t rain constantly,” Magee said. “It won’t be a disaster. We’re kind of in and out of these scattered showers.”
High temperatures will drop into the upper 60s Wednesday in Los Angeles and the coast and stay there through the weekend.
The rain comes at a time when Los Angeles commuters are already facing problems due to the closure of highway 10 in downtown Los Angeles. A section of road is closed after a fire under an elevated section of the highway over the weekend.
California drought-free as it enters wettest months of year, weekly says US Drought Monitor Report. This time last year, 99 percent of the state was in moderate drought and 41 percent in extreme drought.