Winds, chance of thunderstorms on tap for Southern California

A feeble rainstorm from Alaska could possibly trigger thunderclaps in Los Angeles County on Wednesday afternoon and evening, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service said there is a 20% chance of thunderstorms across the L.A. area late Wednesday. But the rainstorm was expected to be all but anemic, water-wise. Overall rain totals were expected to be light, with less than one-tenth of an inch in most areas, and some areas may not get measurable rain at all, forecasters said.

There was a better chance for snow at local ski resorts, with about 10 inches expected for Big Bear and other areas above an elevation of 5,000 feet in the San Bernardino County mountains.

But winds could be a problem. Gusts of up to 40 mph were expected along the L.A. County coast, and authorities warned of blowing snow along Interstate 5 on the Grapevine, along California 14, Pearblossom Highway and California 33 in Ventura County.

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-- Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times

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