Biggest storm of year batters Southern California: What you need to know
A long-awaited rain storm has moved into Southern California, bringing flash-flood warnings and concerns about mudslides. Officials are calling it the biggest storm of the year.
Here is what to expect:
- One to 3 inches of rain are forecast for the valley and coastal areas of the county while the mountains may see 3 to 6 inches of precipitation. Higher elevations could see 3-4 inches of rain.
- Heavy snow expected above 7,000 feet; Grapevine could see light snow.
- Intense winds topping 45 mph in some area.
- Heavy rain this morning and continuing into the evening.
- Cloudy skies on Wednesday.
- Another smaller storm system coming Thursday.
- Flooding and debris flows are possible in some hillside areas due to periods of intense rain.
- Flood watches have been issued for areas hit by recent fires: Alisal, Palisades, Bobcat, Ranch 2, Dam and Lake.
- Flood advisories in place for many parts of Southern California.
- A gale warning has been issued for local waters, due to high winds and choppy seas.
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