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Rain expected to give way to warmer weather later this week

January 23, 2012 |  8:27 pm

Southern California was hit with rain Monday but the wet weather was expected to give way to warmer temperatures
Rainfall totals ranged from a quarter-inch to about three-quarters of an inch Monday as a winter storm rumbled across the Los Angeles area.

The wet weather made for a tough morning commute and dropped a fresh coat of snow on area mountains, but above-normal temperatures are expected to hit the region later in the week, the National Weather Service said.

As of Monday evening, downtown Los Angeles had received 0.62 inches of rain, UCLA recorded 0.78 inches and 0.28 inches had fallen in Crystal Lake in the Angeles National Forest, the Weather Service said.

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In Orange County, Santa Ana recorded 0.35 inches of rain, Dana Point had 0.47 and Fullerton Airport received 0.54 inches, the Weather Service said.

The rain was being followed Monday night by strong gusts, prompting the Weather Service to issue wind advisories for the mountain and desert areas. Gusty north to northwest winds were expected to last through at least Tuesday morning.

The strongest winds were forecast for the Antelope Valley and the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to the weather service.

The weather service said high pressure over Nevada was expected to build and cause northeast winds to blow Wednesday and Thursday. The warmer winds will help push temperatures to 70s and 80s in inland areas.


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Photo: A pedestrian on the Hollywood walk of fame fends off rain with an umbrella Monday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times