Drizzle expected to turn into heavy rain by midweek

The thick drizzle hanging over Southern California is expected to make way for a heavy rainstorm by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents should expect between a half-inch and an inch of rain starting Wednesday morning and a 20% chance of thunderstorms late in the day.

“We get rain in April, but we usually we don’t get it in the latter part of the month,” weather specialist Stuart Seto said. “This storm is a little stronger than what we normally get.”

The drizzle that hit commuters Monday morning is the result of an offshore flow, which will combine with an arriving low-pressure system to create the rainstorm, Seto said.

Snow levels will drop from about 7,000 feet to 6,000 feet as the day progresses Wednesday, and the heaviest downpour could occur late Wednesday night into Thursday, he said.

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-- Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times

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