Photo by Colleen Park.
Photo by Colleen Park.

The rain storms that pelted Northern California Friday will dip south this weekend, but barely will touch the Los Angeles area, according to the National Weather Service.

A large front of warm, moist air meeting a storm front heading south from the Gulf of Alaska created an “atmospheric river” in the skies above the Bay Area that has dumped inches of rain there, weather service specialist Stuart Seto said.

The storm was forecast to head south and southeast, dumping between 3 and 6 inches of rain around San Luis Obispo, 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties through Monday, but no more than a quarter-inch in Los Angeles County.

“You can expect about one-tenth of an inch downtown, to about a quarter- inch in the (San Gabriel) mountains,” the Oxnard-based Seto said. “Most of the rain will be left up north.”

Downtown Los Angeles is about two inches below normal this rain season, which started Oct. 1, due to a relatively dry January that brought just over an inch of precipitation, Seto said.

However, long-term predictions indicate a good chance the Los Angeles Basin will receive above normal rainfall by the time the season ends on Sept. 30, Seto said.

A lot of that will be determined by the amount of rain in February and March, which bring about 6.2 inches of rain on average, according to Seto.

Though it is the shortest month, February generally is the rainiest month in Los Angeles and Orange counties, averaging about 3.8 inches a year, said Seto, a 39-year weather service veteran.

City News Service

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