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Light drizzle expected Monday, heavy rain Tuesday

October 11, 2009 | 11:52 am

Light drizzle and cloudy skies are expected throughout much of Los Angeles on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Some areas of the county, including the San Gabriel foothills and the western San Fernando Valley, are already seeing some low clouds and light rain today. Temperatures are also below normal today, with a high expected at 68. The normal high is about 80.

A big storm is expected to hit the Los Angeles area Tuesday afternoon and lasting through Wednesday, said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The rainfall is much needed, she said, but could put some of the burn areas in the recent Station fire at risk of mudslides. The fire burned 250 square miles in August and September, leaving hillsides barren.

“We are very much below normal and have been for the past few years as far as rainfall reservoir and snowpack,” she said. “But with the largest-ever L.A. County fire just ending, a large storm like this could have some devastating effects in terms of debris flows and mudslides.”

The storm is expected to depart by late Wednesday, and temperatures could climb back into the 80s by the weekend, she said.

-- Anna Gorman