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Rain, cooler temperatures headed to Southern California

October 3, 2011 | 10:50 am

Photo: A flock of ducks take to a cloudy sky during a balmy day at Bonelli Park in San Dimas last week. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Two storms are expected to bring significantly cooler temperatures to Southern California this week with up to 1 1/2 inches of rain across the region, the National Weather Service reports.

The first storm system will likely bring rain to the Central Coast by late Monday night with a chance of it spreading south Tuesday.

The lighter of the two storms, it is expected to drop less than a quarter-inch of rain on much of the area. But there is a chance it could grow stronger and producer larger amounts of rain, weather service officials said in a statement.

A second, stronger storm system is expected to bring widespread rainfall to Southern California on Wednesday, accompanied by a fast-moving cold front.

Up to 1 1/2 inches of rain could fall across the region, with up to 2 inches possible on south- and southwest- facing mountains. There could be four to six hours of steady rain with brief, heavy periods possible.

The storm front is expected to linger through Thursday, mainly in the mountains.

There could even be some early season snowfall across higher mountain elevations and many areas could experience a dip in temperatures to 15 to 30 degrees below season norms, the weather service said.

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-- From a Los Angeles Times staff writer

Photo: A flock of ducks take to a cloudy sky during a balmy day at Bonelli Park in San Dimas last week. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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