Rain falls in Anaheim early Thursday morning. Courtesy OnScene.TV
Rain falls in Anaheim early Thursday morning. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Rainfall possibly accompanied by strong winds will douse the Greater Los Angeles area beginning early Saturday, the National Weather Service said Friday.

The heaviest rain to hit Southern California as a result of a late- season storm out of the Pacific Northwest will take place Friday in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, said a National Weather Service statement. Light rain will then slide into Ventura and Los Angeles counties around midnight and move on later in the day.

“Light rain will linger across the region through midday Saturday but will end by late Saturday,” according to an NWS statement. “Minor street and creek flooding is possible with heavier rain. Gusty southwest winds may down trees and cause driving hazards.”

Rain totals will range from a half-inch to an inch-and-a-half in most locations, with only a half-inch or less in Los Angeles County, the statement said. The snow will remain above 8,000 feet, and there is currently no chance of mud or debris flows in L.A. County, forecasters said.

Off the coast, a small craft advisory warning inexperienced mariners to stay out of the water, especially in small vessels, will be in effect until 3 p.m. Friday. A small craft advisory will also be in effect from noon Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday, and a gale watch will be in force from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening.

The NWS forecast mostly cloudy skies in L.A County Friday and highs of 63 degrees Fahrenheit on Mount Wilson; 64 in Avalon; 66 at LAX; 70 in Saugus, Lancaster and Long Beach; 71 in Palmdale; 72 in San Gabriel, Burbank and Downtown L.A.; 73 in Pasadena; and 74 in Woodland Hills.

Partly cloudy skies were expected in Orange County, along with highs of 64 in San Clemente; 65 in Newport Beach; 67 in Laguna Beach; 71 in Irvine and Anaheim; 72 in Mission Viejo; 73 in Fullerton; and 75 in Yorba Linda.

Saturday’s temperatures will be the same as Friday’s or lower, but under rain this time, followed by two days of sunshine, partly cloudy skies, sunny skies once again, then more rain next Thursday.

Orange County temperatures Saturday will be similar to Friday’s — also under partly cloudy skies, not rain — followed by two days of sunny skies, one day of partly cloudy skies, another day of sunshine, then partly cloudy skies Thursday as it rains in Los Angeles.

—City News Service

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