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Rain expected after midnight, through Wednesday morning, with chilly temperatures

December 28, 2010 |  8:09 am

Just when you thought it was over, more rainy weather is headed to the Los Angeles area. Rain is expected after midnight, continuing into Wednesday morning. And scattered showers are forecast through Thursday, said Stuart Seto, a specialist with the National Weather Service.

But the wet weather is expected to move on before New Year’s festivities kick in -- though it’s going to stay chilly.

A low of 41 degrees is expected for downtown Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, with cloudiness anticipated from Thursday through Saturday night.

“This will be pretty good weather for the Rose Parade,” Seto said. “But you are going to have to dress warm -- gloves and sweaters.”

But the dry period, Seto said, is just a brief respite: More rains could be arriving in Los Angeles by Sunday.

The new rains come as parts of the region are still cleaning up after last week's storms:

-- Highway 330 to Big Bear may remain closed through the winter after portions of the road, undermined by rain, crumbled. And the National Weather Service reports that the snow level could drop to as low as 5,000 feet by Wednesday afternoon, potentially causing problems in some mountain passes.

-- In Orange County, a portion of the California 241 toll road near Santiago Canyon Road will remain closed through Wednesday because of extensive mudslide damage.

-- Authorities in flood-ravaged Highland in San Bernardino County cleared 50,000 cubic yards of debris from catch basins and placed more than 100,000 sandbags throughout the city. They've also added K-rails to divert mud away from homes. At least five homes were destroyed and dozens damaged by mudslides.


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