Light rain began falling in some parts of the Los Angeles area Saturday as the first of back-to-back storms moved into the region with significant and desperately needed precipitation.

Saturday’s light, on-and-off showers were expected to give way to heavier rain tonight and into Sunday morning as the first of two storms moves into the region.

Forecasters expect as much as an inch of rain in some foothill and mountain areas through early Sunday, and the second storm, due to arrive late Sunday and last through Monday, was expected to bring even higher rainfall amounts with thunderstorms possible, and wintry conditions in the local mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

More rain could arrive later in the week, forecasters said.

The rain is coming from what meteorologists call an atmospheric river that in this case extends all the way to the western Pacific Ocean north of Japan, according to the NWS.

Snow levels could drop as low as 4,000 feet, which could make for treacherous driving conditions in some spots, but the return of winter is good news for skiers, raising the possibility that Mountain High Resort near Wrightwood will reopen. The ski area was forced to close last Sunday due to warm temperatures and a dearth of snow.

— From Staff and Wire Reports


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