After several days of above-normal temperatures last week, the Southland will get a dose of badly needed rain on Monday, with a storm possibly arriving as early as late Sunday evening.

A Pacific storm system will move closer to the region Sunday night with widespread rain, high elevation snow and gusty winds through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. There will be a chance of thunderstorms that could bring heavy downpours and small hail Monday afternoon through Monday night before drier conditions prevail late Tuesday through Friday, the NWS said.

Clouds were expected to develop slowly over the weekend, but a system will arrive by late Sunday that looks to be “our most significant storm of the month,” forecasters said.

The rain is not expected to start falling until Sunday night — likely meaning Sunday afternoon red-carpet arrivals for the Oscars should be spared, although the arrivals line is covered just in case. But it will be noticeably cooler, with temperatures dropping between 10 and 15 degrees by Sunday.

Moderate rates of rain are anticipated Monday morning, with steadier showers anticipated by Monday afternoon. Forecasters said between a half-inch and 1.5 inches of rain are possible on the coast and in the valleys, with one to three inches possible in foothills and mountains.

The snow level will fall to about 6,000 feet by Monday, “with possible significant amounts above 7,000 feet,” forecasters said.

Highs were in the mid-70s in Los Angeles on Saturday, but were expected to drop to around 70 on Sunday and 62 by Monday.

Stormy conditions are expected to clear out by late Tuesday, with temperatures again climbing by 5 to 10 degrees, according to the NWS.

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