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Rain on Thanksgiving? The latest forecast says...

November 24, 2008 |  7:18 am

Will it rain on Thanksgiving?

That's the question people have been asking as they plan their -- in some cases al fresco -- dinners.

To the relief of many, the latest forecast from the National Weather Service predicts a dry Thursday for the most part.

The much-discussed storm system is expected to move in this evening with rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain totals are predicted to range from a half-inch in coastal areas to 2 inches in the foothills to 4 inches in the mountains. The snow level is expected to stay high, at about 6,500 feet.

"Thanksgiving looks dry save for a few showers on the north slope and eastern L.A. County," according to the latest National Weather Service forecast.

But there remains concern about possible mudslides in areas hit by the recent fires. From the advisory:

RESIDENTS LIVING BELOW THE RECENT BURN AREAS SHOULD MONITOR FORECASTS FOR THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAINS TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY ... POSSIBLY LEADING TO DEBRIS FLOWS. AS WE DRAW CLOSER TO THE EVENT ... FLASH FLOOD WATCHES MAY NEED TO BE POSTED FOR SOME OF THE BURN AREAS. IF TRAVELING INTO OR OUT OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA DURING THE PERIOD ... IT IS ADVISED THAT TRAVELERS PREPARE ACCORDINGLY AND ADD EXTRA TRAVEL TIME TO GET TO THEIR DESTINATIONS SAFELY AND TIMELY.

More information on preparing for rain in the fire zones is available here.

-- Shelby Grad

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