After two days of near-constant rain, the latest storm to hit Southern California is expected to leave the region Thursday night, leaving the weekend dry and mostly sunny.
Cloudy skies and some precipitation are expected to remain in the region on Thursday, bringing scattered showers and possibly some snowfall in mountainous areas, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will range from the mid 40’s to the high 60’s.
Over the past two days, the Los Angeles region recorded 1.76 inches of rain, while the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena metro area received 1.44 inches and Oxnard recorded 2.26 inches of rain.
Most of Southern California is expected to remain rain-free from Friday through at least Tuesday, when there is a 20% chance of rain in some areas in the afternoon, increasing to 40% at night, forecasters said. . Between a quarter inch and a half inch of rain could fall in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
As the latest storm moved east on Thursday, it had the potential to drop a tenth of an inch of rain on the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to the weather service. Forecasters also say an inch of snow is possible for the Grapevine.
Strong winds are expected along the central coast and at higher elevations, with a wind advisory in effect for the mountains and Antelope Valley through Friday, according to the weather service.
The latest storm dealt a devastating blow to the Central Valley, with massive flooding prompting thousands of people to evacuate the area, authorities said. Hundreds of houses and other structures have been damaged or destroyed.
In Monterey County on Wednesday, officials said they hoped to allow Pajaro residents and business owners to return to the flooded community to inspect their homes and stores. A levee near the city broke during a heavy storm on March 10.