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L.A. weather: Sprinkles Friday night could lead to heavier rain

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A sprinkling of rain expected to begin Friday afternoon could lead to heavier showers early Saturday morning in the Los Angeles area.

Forecasters expect about a quarter-inch of rain in most areas, with up to an inch in the higher elevations, said Kathy Hoxsie, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

There's a 30% to 50% chance of rain throughout the Southern California region. Hoxsie expects heavier rains around 8 p.m.

"We might see some sprinkles around rush hour, with heavier stuff to come later," she said. 

A low pressure system from up north has swept unusually far south, Hoxsie said. The region's rainy season ended in March but a few late-season storms happen every year, she added.

Friday's showers will be the first major rain the region has seen since April 1, when there was about a quarter-inch of rain.

After several unusually dry years, Hoxsie said the rain won't have much of an effect on water resources. But the cold weather system could bring some snow to higher elevations and add to snowpacks. 

"It takes more than just a couple of storms...but it helps. Everything helps," Hoxsie said. 

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