The warm weather bathing the Southland will be interrupted Wednesday when a small low-pressure system moves through the area, bringing a threat of some light rain, along with a chance of snow in the mountains.
According to the National Weather Service, the system will include a “slight chance” of thunderstorms across the southern part of the county Wednesday afternoon.”
“Rainfall totals are expected to remain on the light side with most areas receiving less than one-quarter inch,” according to the NWS. “However, locally higher amounts, up to around three-quarters of an inch, will be possible over the San Gabriel Mountains.”
Snow will be possible at elevations of about 5,000 feet, and southeasterly winds will buffet the area, gusting to 40 mph in the mountains. A winter weather advisory will be in effect in the Los Angeles County mountains from 1 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, with forecasters saying 2 to 4 inches of snow could fall, leading to “slippery road conditions.”
The storm system will be short-lived, with conditions drying out for Thursday and Friday.
The NWS on Wednesday reported that for only the eighth time in more than 140 years, no measurable rain fell in downtown Los Angeles during the month of February.
February is typically downtown’s wettest month, averaging about 3.8 inches, according to weather service data.
Records for downtown Los Angeles date back to 1877.