Rain

It’s shaping up to be a wet weekend as a Pacific storm brings rain and possibly thunderstorms to the Southland beginning Saturday night and continuing into early Monday morning.

The National Weather Service office in Oxnard said rainfall is expected to range between 0.75 and 1.50 inches, with up to 3 inches possible in the southwest facing foothills and mountains.

“There is the potential for brief heavy rain and thunderstorms with the cold front on Sunday, capable of producing roadway flooding as well as mud and debris flows in recent burn areas,” the weather service warned

Snow levels are expected to lower rapidly to 3,000 feet on Sunday night, when snow showers and very strong winds will be possible across Interstate 5 near the Grapevine.

The weather service said the storm system is expected to pack fairly strong southwest winds ahead of the front with even stronger west to northwest winds behind the front Sunday afternoon into Monday.

The forecast for central Los Angeles from Malibu to Long Beach on Saturday calls for partly cloudy skies ahead of the storm with highs in the 60s and lows overnight in the low to mid 50s. A high surf advisory for the beaches is in effect until 5 p.m. Saturday.

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