2 vehicles trapped in mud as heavy rains end in north L.A. County

Heavy rains have ended in northern Los Angeles County, but not before causing flash flooding and stranding a couple of cars in mud Friday evening. 

Rain was so intense that flash flooding occurred near California 138 in the High Desert north of the San Gabriel Mountains. Two vehicles were trapped in 2 to 4 feet of mud on Largo Vista Road, about two miles south of California 138, roughly halfway between Palmdale and Hesperia.

Low clouds and fog were expected to remain overnight and then burn off into sunny conditions later Saturday. Highs were expected from the mid 60s at the beaches to the 80s in the valleys. 

Friday's thunderstorms targeted the mountains as a low-pressure system lingered in the area. But many of the heavily populated areas did not see much, if any, rain.

For the 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. Friday, downtown Los Angeles and most of its suburbs recorded 0 inches of rain. Van Nuys and Lancaster recorded a trace amount, and Redondo Beach recorded 0.02 inches of precipitation. 

In the mountains of northern Ventura County, Lockwood Valley recorded 0.45 inches of rain. 

Earlier Friday, officials warned about flash flood conditions. 

“If you come across swift moving water crossing the road, turn around, don’t drown,” the weather service warned. Thunderstorms were expected over the Antelope and Cuyama valleys.

“On top of all of this, the steering winds are under 10 mph, so the heavy rain will linger over any area as it develops,” the weather service said.

Dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning and hail were possible.

Earlier this week, moisture left over from Tropical Storm Blanca brought some rain to Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

On Wednesday, rain flooded parts of New Cuyama, a town in Santa Barbara County. Photos from the area showed raging streams flooding roads and surrounding homes.

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