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New storm expected to hit L.A. area at noon

January 26, 2010 |  6:37 am


A new rainstorm is expected to roll into Southern California after noon today and last possibly through Wednesday morning.

The storm is expected to drop half an inch to as much as 1 1/2 inches of rain across the region, with possibly higher amounts in mountain regions.

But the storm will be weaker than last week's series of storms, which dropped more than 6 inches of rain in some areas.

In Los Angeles County, crews will patrol foothill areas such as La Cañada-Flintridge and Acton to watch for mud flows and monitor rain-swollen debris basins, officials say. There were no major mudslides last week, and officials said they hoped the new storm would not threaten homes.

No evacuations have been ordered.

"We still don't think it will pose a significant threat," said Kerjon Lee, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

The amount of rainfall in the Los Angeles area will depend on whether the storm first hits the California coast north or south of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County, the weather service said Monday evening.

"Where this thing actually winds up hitting will determine how much rain we get," said Bill Hoffer, a spokesman at the National Weather Service office in Oxnard.

In the mountain areas, the storm could drop from 6 to 12 inches of snow, the weather service said. Snow levels will be between 5,500 and 6,000 feet.

The precipitation will taper off by Wednesday morning and give way to dry weather through at least Thursday and possibly into the weekend, the weather service said.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Map: National Weather Service