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Flash flood watch issued in advance of weekend storm

November 19, 2010 | 10:30 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch ahead of intense rain expected Saturday.

The flood watch takes effect at 6 a.m. Saturday and extends until afternoon. It covers areas burned by wildfires that remain at risk of flooding and mudslides, including the Station fire and Crown and Briggs brush fires near Palmdale and Santa Clarita.

The warning also includes Los Angeles County mountains -- except the Santa Monica range -- the Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley, specifically Acton, Burbank, Lancaster, Northridge, Palmdale, Pasadena, Pomona, Mt. Wilson, Sandberg, Universal City and Woodland Hills.

Up to 3 inches of rain are expected in the mountains and foothills Saturday, with as much as an inch falling each hour. Thunderstorms will be possible as a strong cold front passes through the Los Angeles area, according to the National Weather Service flood advisory.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske