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Series of rainstorms expected to keep L.A. area wet through Sunday

February 15, 2011 |  7:35 am

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Parts of Southern California will see the first of several rainstorms move in Tuesday, forecasters said, with more rain expected through Wednesday evening.

Thursday will see a slightly smaller chance of showers, but the rains will return Friday and through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The greatest chance of rain will come Wednesday.

"A more significant storm is then expected to push into San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties by early Wednesday morning, then spread south into Ventura and Los Angeles counties Wednesday afternoon," the weather service said.

Snow levels were expected to be around 6,000 feet initially but could fall as low as 4,000 feet by Wednesday night and could affect travel on Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area, the weather service said.

Snow levels could drop as low as 3,000 feet over the weekend, the weather service said.

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Map: National Weather Service

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