Residents in Southern California may again want to have umbrellas handy as more rain is set to hit the Southland Tuesday night into Wednesday, forecasters with the National Weather Service said.
Unlike last week, this storm wasn’t expected to be as intense or cause road closures through the Grapevine or the Cajon Pass, said Tom Fisher, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Oxnard office.
Instead, the lighter storm will bring between three-quarters of an inch and one inch of rain in most areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, while mountain areas may see up to two inches between Tuesday and Wednesday nights, forecasters said.
Snow levels will stay around 7,000 feet, well above last week in which levels came down to near 2,000 feet, Fisher said.
This storm was being driven by low pressure coming from the south and the west, said Adam Roser, a meteorologist with the San Diego office.
“It’s not as cold as the last system, but it’s definitely still a winter chill,” Roser said.
Rain could begin falling as early as 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Fisher said. The heaviest rain will likely fall Wednesday morning and may stretch into the morning commute, Fisher said.
Areas in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains could see snow at higher elevations, forecasters said.
Most of the rain should clear out by noon Wednesday, though there was a possibility for afternoon showers.
“This will be a fairly quick one,” Fisher said.
Temperatures through most of Orange and Riverside counties will hover in the low 60s, with some mountain areas dipping into the 30s, Roser said.
The same was forecast for Los Angeles County, with Los Angeles and Long Beach looking at highs of 60 degrees, while Pasadena and Woodland Hills were projected to have highs of 59 degrees, Fisher said.
The temperatures would be about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year, Fisher said. Temperatures were forecast to be five degrees below normal for the remainder of the week.
The storm wa the first of two expected in the Southland this week, with the second on track to hit possibly Friday, Fisher said, though it was too early to tell how much rain to expect or when exactly it would hit.