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Rains arrive in L.A. area, big boulder crashes into car in Agoura

November 20, 2010 |  8:40 am



Boulder The first band of a winter storm has hit Southern California, with rain, winds and cool temperatures forecast all weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts the snow level will drop to 4,000 feet and winds gusts in some canyons will top 35 mph.

Already, overnight rains have caused some street flooding and traffic issues. In Agoura, a woman was hurt when boulder fell on her car (see video on KTLA video above).

A flash flood watch covers areas burned by wildfires, which 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.

As many as 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 and Shelby Grad

Photos: Top: Boulder that fell in Agoura (KTLA News). Bottom: Despite the rain and water restriction rules, a city sprinkler waters already wet lawn in Venice on Saturday morning. (Robert J. Lopez / Los Angeles Times).