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Scattered showers expected today; sunshine on its way

February 17, 2009 |  8:45 am

Ryan Ruppert walks along rain-soaked Seal Beach Pier with his morning coffee. Although Southern California is wet from rain and the mountains are blanketed in snow after a series of midwinter storms, sunshine is on its way later this week, the National Weather Service says.

A mudslide this morning sent debris onto the tracks of the Metrolink train line between Moorpark and Chatsworth. There were also scattered vehicle spinouts and road closures, including California 126, connecting the Santa Clarita Valley with Ventura, which was closed because of a traffic accident.

In the 100 block of West 38th Street in Los Angeles, the roof of a warehouse partially collapsed this morning. The building was flooded but no injuries were reported, according to the d'Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

There is a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, especially along the coast, and the region will be drizzled with scattered showers today, but they may disappear by tonight, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.

So far, the downtown Los Angeles area has received just over three inches of rain this month, Seto said.

Up to half an inch of rain is expected to fall in the region today, accompanied by temperatures in the low 60s as the storm moves northeast. A winter storm warning is in effect until 10 a.m. in the mountains, where three to six inches of snow may accumulate. By Wednesday, however, Seto said things will start to change.

“Tomorrow it will be mostly sunny,” he said. “For a couple days.”

-- Corina Knoll

Caption: Ryan Ruppert walks along rain-soaked Seal Beach Pier with his morning coffee. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times