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More rain expected for some parts of Southern California this weekend

December 24, 2010 |  7:20 pm

More rain is in store for parts of Southern California as the region wrings itself out from the week’s earlier storms.

The National Weather Service on Friday night released a storm warning for a weather front expected to hit much of the southwestern part of the state late Saturday.  The fast-moving storm is  expected to dump two-thirds of an inch of rain at some lower elevations and several inches of snow in some mountain areas, the National Weather Service said. 

With the ground already near saturation levels from the storms that drenched the region this week, the Weather Service warned that the incoming rain is likely to cause rapid runoff of water and flooding in low-lying areas.  Areas recently burned by wildfires are at risk of debris flows, as well as rock and mud slides on steep slopes, the warning said.

The warning covered coastal areas in Orange and San Diego counties, the valleys and mountains of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, the Coachella Valley and elsewhere.  With a high number of travelers on the roads for the holiday weekend, the Weather Service urged drivers in the storm areas to be extra cautious.  The precipitation is expected to taper off Sunday morning as the storm passes.

-- Joel Rubin