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Expect a chilly Easter in L.A., followed by rain

April 3, 2010 |  2:28 pm

Los Angeles weather radar map Forecasters expect a partly cloudy, chilly Easter morning in Los Angeles, with highs reaching into 50s and 60s. A cold front is expected to move in from the northwest and bring a 50% chance of rain early Monday morning.

The rain is expected to be light in Southern California. While it is possible there will be brief periods of moderate rainfall, it's unlikely there will be intense rain "that could adversely affect the burn areas," the National Weather Service said in a statement.

"We're expecting anywhere from a 10th to a quarter of an inch, with possibly about half an inch in the foothills," said meteorologist Jamie Meier of the National Weather Service office in Oxnard.

Meier said the rainfall will probably arrive after midnight Monday morning, and continue through the mid-afternoon. Rain will be widespread, Meier said, with some areas receiving heavier showers.

The weather will be more severe in Northern California, with gusts of up to 35 mph expected in the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday afternoon.

Forecasters in Northern California said the storm system there "appears to be quite strong for this time of year" and will signal "an ugly end to the holiday weekend for most folks, with heavy snow likely in the Sierra."

Rain that had been expected in Southern California earlier this week on Wednesday fizzled out because the atmosphere had already been so dry that there was not enough moisture in the air to produce rain.

--- Rong-Gong Lin II