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Another storm is coming: here’s what we know

By Marina Jurica

Get ready for our next winter storm of the season! This will be our coldest yet as we head into March like a lion. A very cold Aleutian lowland arriving from Alaska will slowly make its way along the California coastline. Even though we won’t bear the brunt of this storm on the brink, there are still concerns because our soil is already saturated.


Friday morning

You’ll wake up to some clouds, a bit of drizzle and some peaks of sunshine before the storm arrives as the system works its way down. By 8am we will see some isolated showers popping up across the area, but overall not a bad start to the day. Be prepared for later in the day!

Friday afternoon

Keep an umbrella ready as the system begins moving into Ventura County from noon to 2 p.m., and slowly into LA County after 5 p.m. By 8 p.m. and overnight it will move into Orange County and the Inland Empire. Wind gusts from the SW will begin to strengthen, so a wind advisory has been issued for the Antelope Valley and our mountain areas as of 8 p.m.

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It certainly looks to be the wettest as we see consistent light to moderate rainfall, which can be heavy at times as the system is closest to us. Wind speeds will be between 30 and 80 km/h in the mountains and valleys and between 30 and 50 km/h in the rest of the area. The San Gabriel Mountains and Antelope Valley will be most susceptible to damaging winds, especially as snow levels drop and blowing snow will be a problem.

Speaking of snow, winter weather advisories also begin tomorrow through Sunday. Snow levels start at 6,000 meters, but quickly drop to 3,000 meters by Sunday morning. We could see up to 12 inches of snow above 6,000 feet, up to 6 inches of snow above 5,000 feet, and then up to 3 inches of snow above 10-4,000 feet. If you are traveling through the I-5 grapevine on Saturday evening, up to an inch of snow may fall there, so motorists should be careful.

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Rain totals for this event will be 0.50-1 inch for the coast and valleys and 1 to 3 inches for the foothills and mountains. Compared to what we’ve seen so far this year, it doesn’t seem like much. With the ground already saturated, we will still see the potential for flooding in the usual trouble spots.


Lingering, isolated showers early on, mostly cloudy, windy and much colder for the rest of the day. Cold air will seep in behind this system, so a good day to turn on the fireplaces as nights dip into the 30s and low 40s!

Avoid flooded roads. It takes much less to cause flooding now that we’ve already seen so much rain this season. Watch out for mud and rockslides on canyon roads or under steep slopes. View these vulnerable areas from mudslides during previous storms. Expect winter driving conditions to be treacherous with blowing and heavy snow.

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We’ll keep you posted on the storm ahead, but prepare for a soggy Saturday as you make your weekend plans!

Stay safe on the roads,

Meteorologist Marina Jurica

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