Sunny skies that warmed up the Southland over the weekend and helped thaw out Angelenos from their long winter chill have disappeared, as the region braces for a round of spring showers.
Temperatures that peaked just slightly above normal will abruptly drop this week into the low 60s — 5 to 10 degrees below normal — as the first of two back-to-back storms arrive, said Tom Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
“We were just above normal for a couple of days, but we were below normal for so long that it felt like a heat wave,” Fisher said of the temperatures on Saturday and Sunday.
The first storm, which is set to arrive Tuesday night, is expected to drop between a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain across much of Los Angeles County.
The majority of the rain will hit the area Wednesday — first day of spring — although showers will linger into Thursday morning. Cooler temperatures accompanying the storm are expected to drop snow levels as low as 5,000 feet through much of the week.