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First rainstorm of season moves into Southern California

October 4, 2011 |  9:10 am

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 The first major rainstorm of the season moved into parts of Southern California on Tuesday morning.

Light to moderate showers, with some heavier downpours, were reported this morning in Long Beach, parts of southeast L.A. and coastal Orange County.

The National Weather Service radar shows rain falling along parts of the coast as well as central and northern Orange County and southwest Riverside County.

A storm system is expected to bring rain to the central coast Tuesday night, while a second storm system may bring widespread rainfall to Southern California by Wednesday with a possible four- to six-hour period of steady rainfall.

A chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms are expected through Thursday.

The Southland will see cooler-than-usual conditions for the season, with temperatures falling 15 to 30 degrees below seasonal norms.

Higher mountain elevations could see some early snowfall Wednesday night into Thursday, according to the weather service.

Mountains and deserts could experience wind gusts up to 50 mph Wednesday.

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Photo: Two dogs get their morning walk down the center of the Paseo del Mar roadway in San Pedro just after a morning rain shower. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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