More steady rain fell over Southern California Monday morning, prompting a flash-flood warning for the Woolsey Fire burn area in Malibu until at last 12:15 p.m.

The showers, expected to last through Tuesday, could bring up to 2 1/2 inches of rain in the San Gabriel Mountains and foothills, according to the National Weather Service.

Road closures as of 11 a.m. included:

— Pacific Coast Highway

— SR 23 closed from PCH to upper Mulholland Highway

— SR 27 closed from PCH to Grand View Drive

— Southbound SR 14 to SB-5, open to trucks only

Cooler temperatures accompanied the precipitation, leading to possible snowfall in the Grapevine area late Monday into early Tuesday and “maybe even a dusting in the Antelope Valley foothills,” NWS Meteorologist Curt Kaplan said.

The San Gabriel Mountains could see 8 to 16 inches of snowfall above 6,500 feet before the system moves out, he said.

The showers should move out late Tuesday into Wednesday, with the next chance of rain Friday evening into Saturday, Kaplan said.

The NWS also issued wind advisories through 3 p.m. for the Malibu area, including Kanan, Malibu Canyon, Topanga and Decker Canyon roads, and until 9 p.m. for the Antelope Valley including Lancaster and Palmdale. South to southwest winds 20-30 mph are possible with gusts to 50 mph. Motorists are urged to be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.

Rainfall totals for the year beginning Oct. 1, 2018, are above average and well above the previous year’s, Kaplan said. Downtown Los Angeles has seen 12.40 inches so far, with the average 7.5 inches and only 1.89 inches the previous year by this date, he said. The Sierra snow pack is 115-120 percent of normal.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.