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Thunder, lightning storm moves through L.A. County

October 11, 2012 |  7:24 am

A band of thunderstorms and lightning moved into Los Angeles County on Thursday morning, and rain could affect the morning commute.

The National Weather Service reported a strong storm cell moving through Southeast L.A. County this morning, bringing periods of heavy rain as well as quite a lightning show.

Areas most likely to be hit by the band are Long Beach, Bell Gardens, Lynwood and Whittier, according to the weather service. This storm cell should move out soon, but more rain is expected through the evening.

"A cold upper-level low-pressure system centered off the central coast of California will continue to track southeastward and move over Southern California through Thursday night. The system will produce scattered showers and thunderstorms through Thursday night, as well as snow above 7,000 feet," the weather service said in a statement.

"Storms will be capable of producing brief heavy downpours, small hail, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, and isolated waterspouts. Snow will accumulate tonight through Thursday evening and up to three inches are possible over the highest peak," the statement added.

Parts of Southern California could see up to half an inch of rain, forecasters said, but things should dry up by Friday.

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