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Southern California expected to see rain today but precious few drops

Drought-stricken Southern California will get only fleeting relief late Sunday afternoon and early evening when light rain is scheduled to move through the region, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather system moving in from the northwest could bring isolated thunderstorms and move out by early tomorrow morning, said meteorologist David Sweet. But it’s set to bring just a tenth to a quarter-inch of rain with it, he said.

“It’s a pretty light amount,” Sweet said of the first storm of 2014 to bring a measurable amount of rainfall to the area.

If a thunderstorm strikes over slopes burned in the recent Colby fire near Azusa, it could trigger landslides, but the chances of that happening are fairly low, Sweet said.

The system is also expected to sprinkle slopes above the 4,000 foot range with a couple inches of snow, which could potentially affect the Grapevine area along Interstate 5.

Tuesday and Wednesday are likely to be sunny and dry. Another, even weaker system, is set to pass through the region on Thursday, which could bring a little more rain to the area, Sweet said.

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