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Easter Bonnets Could Get Wet, Forecast Says

Times Staff Writer

A cold spring storm is expected to strike Southern California on Saturday morning with lightning, gusty winds and up to an inch of rain in some foothill communities, forecasters said Thursday. Showers are expected to last until about noon on Easter Sunday.

“It’s potentially a very strong storm,” said Pat Cooper, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., which provides forecasts for The Times. “We don’t yet know exactly how strong, but we know it’s going to hit Saturday morning.”

Cooper said general clearing is not expected until sometime Sunday afternoon. Rainfall totals should approach 2 inches in some Southland mountain communities, with snow expected above 6,000 feet.

Drizzle Expected Today

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Some drizzle is expected this morning from a moist onshore flow triggered by the passage of a smaller weather front through Northern California. The drizzle should abate during the afternoon before the new storm, born in the Northern Pacific, arrives sometime before dawn on Saturday.

Temperatures should remain on the cool side throughout the weekend, with highs in the 60s today throughout the Los Angeles Basin. Highs Saturday and Sunday are expected to be in the upper 50s and low 60s.

The high temperature at the Los Angeles Civic Center on Thursday was 70 degrees, after an overnight low of 55. Relative humidity ranged from 51% to 95%.


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