Storm system to bring colder-than-normal temperatures to Southern California, and possibly rain – Orange County Register

A strong Pacific storm system from the north will bring colder-than-normal temperatures to Southern California for the rest of the week, along with the possibility of rainfall, forecasters say.

The highest chances of rain are anticipated Thursday night into Friday morning as the system moves in, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

Forecasters anticipate possibly a quarter-inch to a half-inch of rain in lower elevations, while mountain areas could receive upwards of two to three inches.

In Los Angeles County, the chance for rainfall was estimated at 40 percent, David Sweet said.

The strong Pacific storm system is bringing with it cooler temperatures, he said, adding that the forecasted highs in Los Angeles County were “maybe a bit below normal.”

The biggest discrepancy was forecast for the Inland Empire, with highs in the high-50s in some areas, Meteorologist Brian Adams said.

“That’s anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees below normal and we’re actually going to be continuing that cooler-than-normal trend through the weekend,” Adams said.

Forecasted highs for most areas were anticipated in the low to mid-60s with partly cloudy skies through the week, with overnight lows in the mid- to upper 40s, Sweet said.

With rain anticipated Thursday night and Friday morning, the forecasters cautioned drivers to slow down with possible slick road conditions.

Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Sunday issued a cold weather alert for the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and the LA County Mountains as low temperatures were anticipated to be below 32 degrees.

“Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather,” Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County health officer, said in a statement. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”

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