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Major Storm Expected in the Region This Weekend

From a Times Staff Writer

A major Pacific storm is expected to roll through Southern California this weekend, dropping steady rain in the Los Angeles area much of Saturday and Sunday, with a blanket of fresh snow in the mountains above 6,000 feet.

The valleys could get a couple inches of rain, said Tim McClung, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Forecasters said skies will become increasingly cloudy this afternoon as the slow-moving storm inches inland over the Southland. There is a slight chance of a few showers tonight and Saturday morning, but the main force of the storm isn’t expected until Saturday afternoon.

Steady rain, heavy at times, is expected through Sunday morning, with scattered showers perhaps until Monday. McClung said more rain is possible toward the end of next week.

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The rain should raise totals for the season, which began July 1, to near normal. Downtown Los Angeles’ total so far is 10.40 inches, compared with the normal for the date of 12.25 inches.


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