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Southern California braces for wet commute

January 23, 2012 |  6:58 am

RainSouthern California commuters will be greeted this morning by sprinkles of rain and light showers as a storm system moves into the area, bringing with it a slight chance of thunderstorms, forecasters said.

Between a 1/4 and 3/4 of an inch of rain was expected to be scattered across the region today in what forecasters said would be a "very confused weather picture" throughout the Southland.

"The leading edge of the showers are in Ventura right now; it should be moving into L.A. just in time for rush hour," said Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Rorke said there was a 20% chance of thunderstorms that could happen "anywhere, any time." Wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph were forecast for the desert and mountain areas.

In the mountains, between five and 10 inches of snow was expected above 6,000 feet, prompting winter storm warnings to be issued.

The storm was expected to clear out by late afternoon or early evening, giving way to warm and dry weather for the rest of the week.

Temperatures are expected to climb about 10 degrees Tuesday, and another 10 degrees Wednesday, and warm offshore winds from the north will dry out the region, forecasters said.

"If we can get through the day, things will be quite nice," Rorke said.

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Photo: Pedestrians on Pacific Avenue in Long Beach have to use their umbrellas Monday as light rain falls in Southern California making roadways slick and the morning commute difficult. Credit: Mark Boster  / Los Angeles Times

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