Another wet weekend as new storm hits Southern California. How long will it rain?

Float Fisherman Johnathan O. Skinner casts his line near one of the submerged docks at Launch Pointe on Lake Elsinore.
Float fisherman Johnathan O. Skinner casts his line near one of the submerged docks at Launch Pointe on Lake Elsinore. After a series of heavy rainstorms hit Southern California, water levels at Lake Elsinore have risen to one of the highest marks in 25 years.
(Mark Boster / For The Times)

Another winter storm hit Southern California this weekend, but it is expected to be milder than previous rain events.

The wettest period of the weekend was expected on Saturday, but there’s still a chance of rain that exists on Sunday.

The cold storm was forecast to bring “steady light to locally moderate rain and mountain snow to the area,” the weather service said. And forecasters said there will be moderate to locally strong winds from the southwest through Sunday.


There could also be “isolated and brief bursts of heavy rain likely through Saturday night,” mainly in the foothills and coastal slopes, the weather service office in Oxnard said. There is the potential for mudslides and rockslides on canyon roads and below steep hillsides, and ongoing land movement in recent landslide areas.

The California snowstorm cut off Mammoth Mountain from SoCal again Sunday and paralyzed Interstate 80. A blizzard warning was extended for Mammoth until Sunday night and the Tahoe area through Monday morning.

March 3, 2024

For the weekend storm, downtown L.A. could get 0.6 inches of rain; Long Beach, 0.44 inches; Pomona, 0.74 inches; Pasadena, 1.33 inches; Santa Clarita, 0.77 inches; Oxnard, 0.65 inches; and Santa Barbara, 0.92 inches.

Photos of a blizzard that is burying the Sierra Nevada in California in blankets of snow.

March 2, 2024

San Diego could get up to 0.2 inches; Irvine, San Clemente and Riverside could get up to 0.3 inches; Anaheim, up to 0.4 inches; Ontario and Temecula, up to 0.7 inches; and San Bernardino, up to 1 inch.

Snow levels could drop below an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level. Meteorologists said there’s a 15% to 20% chance of 1 inch of snow falling on the Grapevine section of Interstate 5, which goes through the Tejon Pass connecting Los Angeles County to the Central Valley.

There have been strong gusts near the San Bernardino Mountains’ desert foothills, with a gust overnight reaching 73 mph, according to the weather service. About 4 to 6 inches of snow could fall through Sunday at Big Bear Lake and Wrightwood.

Monday is expected to bring dry weather, but rain and snow could be back Tuesday and Wednesday. Dry weather is expected to return on Thursday and Friday.