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String of storms expected to soak Los Angeles County this week

A string of increasingly intense storms are expected to hit Los Angeles County this week, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Scott Sukup said the region should remain dry for a few days until the first storm rolls in Wednesday night, delivering between a quarter of an inch...

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  • Tornado, flooding, fatalities and a piles of snow as California deluge continues

    Tornado, flooding, fatalities and a piles of snow as California deluge continues

    Weeks of pounding rain and snow have increased the Sierra Nevada snowpack — a key source of water for California — to 158% of normal, officials said Wednesday. The weather situation was more dire to the north, however, as heavy rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada and rain in the San Francisco Bay...

  • L.A. lands the George Lucas museum

    L.A. lands the George Lucas museum

    Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 11, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Force in L.A. Score a big one for Los Angeles. George Lucas’ personal collection of fine and popular art, including ephemera related to his “Star Wars” franchise, will fill a futuristic-looking new...

  • Weeks of rain are rapidly reviving California's drought-ravaged lakes

    Weeks of rain are rapidly reviving California's drought-ravaged lakes

    Leaning against a wooden rail, environmental activist Geoffrey McQuilkin took stock of a parched geological wonderland that had been altered by a weekend deluge.   The air was still thick with moisture, and this lake’s tributaries were cascading down from surrounding mountains, swollen by cargoes...

  • Storms are making a dent in California's drought; 7 feet of snow expected in some areas

    Storms are making a dent in California's drought; 7 feet of snow expected in some areas

    The third and latest storm to hit the state within a week is expected to inundate rivers in Northern California and flood parts of Napa Valley wine country, while also blanketing the frigid Sierra Nevada in heavy snowfall, according to state officials.    The storm, which is expected to last through...

  • California wine country is hit hard by storms

    California wine country is hit hard by storms

    Wine country in Sonoma County was hit hard by recent storms, which have brought up to 13 inches of rain since Friday. Rolling hills and vineyards along the scenic route known as River Road were submerged Monday with just the tips of vines visible in completely flooded fields. The Russian River...

  • Storm brings widespread flooding across Northern California; more rain on the way

    Storm brings widespread flooding across Northern California; more rain on the way

    The roaring “Pineapple Express” weather system that drenched the northern Sierra Nevada over the weekend has begun to ease, but forecasters warned Monday that it would soon be replaced by yet another storm and plummeting temperatures. “It’s not over yet,” said Alex Hoon, a meteorologist in the...

  • Storms chip away at California's drought

    Storms chip away at California's drought

    Good morning. It’s Tuesday, Jan. 10, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES No drought this week A few big storms alone won’t end the six-year drought, but there were growing signs that the so-called atmospheric river was making a major dent. By the end of the week the total...

  • Avalanche warnings as Sierra hit by major snowstorm; 4-5 feet expected this week

    Avalanche warnings as Sierra hit by major snowstorm; 4-5 feet expected this week

    Higher elevations of Northern California were hit by heavy snowfall overnight, prompting avalanche warnings, as the region braced for a week of intense weather. The National Weather Service said it expected 4 to 5 feet of snow in some Sierra areas and encouraged drivers to avoid mountain roads....

  • California finally gets some 'normal' winter weather

    California finally gets some 'normal' winter weather

    Good morning. It’s Tuesday, Jan. 3. Here’s what is happening in California: TOP STORIES Wet winter Northern California’s wet streak is expected to continue in 2017 with a new round of rain and snow this week. All this rain is helping ease the drought, at least up north. “This is what we’re supposed...

  • Rose Parade's floats brighten a gray day

    Rose Parade's floats brighten a gray day

    The flowers popped with color on a gray day, oceans of hydrangea and blue iris, a volcano pouring lava of orange roses, a giraffe of 16,000 yellow chrysanthemums. The cool weather this time foiled the Tournament of Roses’ century-old campaign to flaunt Southern California's mild winters. But for...

  • Drizzle could make the Rose Parade damp, but not drenched

    Drizzle could make the Rose Parade damp, but not drenched

    A drizzle could make the ground wet in the hours leading to the Rose Parade in Pasadena Monday, but forecasters are not expecting any real rain. “It’s a pretty good chance the ground will be wet — damp is what we’re expecting. Not like measurable rain,” said National Weather Service meteorologist...

  • Rose Parade 2017: A guide, map, the weather and how to get there

    Rose Parade 2017: A guide, map, the weather and how to get there

    going to the Rose Parade? Here’s everything you need to know: Weather: It’ll be chilly in Pasadena: lows in the 40s overnight, rising to only the 50s in the morning. There’s a small chance—30%—of measurable rain, but most likely, it’ll be damp: “Light showers or drizzle that can get the ground...

  • Heading to a New Year's Eve party? Prepare for rain and chilly weather

    Heading to a New Year's Eve party? Prepare for rain and chilly weather

    Every year, law enforcement officials urge revelers to exercise caution on New Year’s Eve. They warn of partiers who celebrate by shooting things into the air, and the drunk drivers who insist on heading home.  On the final day of 2016, Southern Californians faced another, less familiar hazard:...

  • Southern California heads into wet weekend, with snow expected in the mountains

    Southern California heads into wet weekend, with snow expected in the mountains

    Southern California’s wet winter will continue Friday and into Saturday, as storms move through the region carrying rain, thunder and up to two inches of snow in the mountains, according to weather officials.  The rain that fell across Los Angeles County on Friday will taper off by the afternoon,...

  • L.A.'s wettest month in years will continue through to New Year's Eve

    L.A.'s wettest month in years will continue through to New Year's Eve

    Los Angeles County could see between a quarter-inch and half-inch of rain Friday as the first of two anticipated storm systems passes through the region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The rainfall will add to what is already the wettest month recorded in downtown Los Angeles...

  • An old rule may save the Rose Parade from getting rained on

    An old rule may save the Rose Parade from getting rained on

    It could be a wet, wet New Year’s Day in Southern California. But Pasadena’s enviable record of dry Rose Parades should stand, thanks to a “Never on Sunday” rule dating back to the 19th century, officials said Tuesday. A cold front from the north should bring rain to Los Angeles on Saturday, stretching...

  • Santa Ana winds topple big rig, threaten trees in rain-soaked ground

    Santa Ana winds topple big rig, threaten trees in rain-soaked ground

    Moderate Santa Ana winds on Tuesday toppled a big rig, triggered highway warnings and threatened rain-soaked trees across Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.  An hour after Caltrans issued a high-wind warning for the 15 Freeway near Fontana, a big rig overturned at 7:30 a.m., blocking...

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