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Rain expected to return to L.A. this week

February 1, 2010 |  7:21 am

Rains will return to Southern California this week, forecasters say, but the storms aren't expected to be strong enough to start mudslides in burn areas.

According to the National Weather Service, light rain could begin Tuesday evening and continue on and off through Friday.

But most areas can expect less than half an inch of rain. Two weeks ago, a series of storms dumped more than 6 inches of rain in some areas. The heavy rains prompted concerns about mudslides, but officials said the rain moved quickly through hillside areas burned in the Station fire, and there was not a major accumulation of water that could have caused slides.

This week's rain are not expected to prompt evacuations in mudslide zones in foothill communities.

Snow levels this week are expected to stay above 5,500 feet.

-- Shelby Grad

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