16-9 rain traffic weather 2

As Southern California recovers from one record- breaking rain storm, another big one is on the horizon, the National Weather Service warned Saturday.

But this storm will be much colder than the last one, bringing the likelihood of snow as low as 4,000 feet above sea level, possibly affecting major freeway routes across mountain passes.

A Pacific storm, described as “strong and cold upper-level low pressure system” by the NWS, was poised to arrive Thursday or early Friday.

Uncertainty remained about the exact timing this far out, but the NWS said between 1-to-3 inches might fall in the flatlands and valleys of Southern California.

Rainfall rates of a half inch per hour might be experienced at the height of the storm, and thunderstorms are also possible.

If the storm arrives Thursday morning, the predicted snow level will be quite high: 8,500 feet. But that will lower to 4,000-to-5,000 feet by Friday as cold air reinforces the Pacific moisture.

The freeway passes north of Santa Clarita and San Bernardino are just about 4,100 feet.

— City News Service

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.