Photo courtesy of OnSceneTV
Photo courtesy of OnSceneTV

OK, it really is winter in the Southland, but to a lot of folks back east, our rainy, cold weather would be mild and envied.

After a weekend with high temperatures around 70 with a chance of rain Saturday, the mercury will hover in the mid to low 60s for much of the rest of the week in the Los Angeles area. And we can expect some rain almost every day.

Ovenight lows will be brisk — for us — with temperatures dipping into the low 50s.

That all compares to New York, where snow was forecast for Saturday with a high temperature of 25 and a low of 19. So maybe we’ll take our version of cold and wet for winter over the misery of the east coast.

As the Southland dries out from a series of storms, residents are bracing Saturday for another round of rainfall in the L.A. area as a result of a heavy storm generated by a weather phenomenon known as an atmospheric river.

However, forecasters said the heaviest rain will remain in northern and Central California as has been the case with earlier storms.

As of Saturday morning, the chance of measurable precipitation in L.A. County stands at 50 percent, with a half-inch expected, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet. Rain is also expected Monday and possibly Wednesday, he said.

Unlike many of the storms that strike the Southland, the one approaching hails not from the Gulf of Alaska but from the west, produced by a long and narrow column of water vapor in the atmosphere called an atmospheric river. Such phenomena account for between 30 and 50 percent of annual precipitation on the West Coast, says the NWS.

Monday’s rainfall will be heavier in the Southland than Saturday’s, may last 3-5 hours and could produce a half-inch of rain just in downtown L.A. But much of that rain may fall overnight, before the morning commute, Sweet said, adding that in the mountains, there could be 1.5 inches of rain. Also possible is some coastal flooding Monday and Wednesday, he said.

—City News Service

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