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KTLA weather: Heating up today before a damp week

April 6, 2009 |  7:38 am


Incredible weather is expected today.  Temperatures will climb into the lower 80s and a few areas might even hit 86. Bright, sunny skies are forecast throughout the Southland.

Tuesday won't be as nice, however. An area of low pressure will bring rain. Onshore winds and the lower pressure will trim temperatures 10 to 15 degrees. Rain will arrive in Ventura and Los Angeles counties late in the afternoon, with the heaviest activity occurring overnight.

The forecast calls for about a quarter of an inch of rain, but amounts of up to half an inch are not out of question, especially in areas where thunderstorms develop.  Snow levels will drop to 5,500 feet, with up to 8 inches accumulating at resort levels – pretty substantial for spring. 

Wednesday, the low moves into Central California, and the showers should come to an end locally.  Skies will be partly cloudy, and it will be windy across the high country.   Temperatures will continue below seasonal norms with highs mostly in the mid to upper 60s.  Thursday should be partly cloudy and fairly nice. 

Friday, a colder storm system is expected to move in, bringing showers lasting into the overnight hours before ending Saturday morning.  The rest of Easter weekend should be mostly clear.  By Sunday, temperatures are expected to recover to the mid-70s.

More details and the seven-day outlook at KTLA's weather blog.

-- Warren Hohmann