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KTLA weather: Spring storm on the way

May 1, 2009 |  8:10 am


The rainy season is over, but a storm is bearing down on California. Look for increasing clouds and mild temperatures today, with daytime readings in the 70s. A lot of moisture is being drawn up over the region ahead of our approaching spring storm. A few widely scattered showers will spring up today; however, the heavier showers will likely hold off until the overnight hours.

The front will pass from Central California into the Southland this evening, bringing light to moderate rainfall. Precipitation amounts will range from a tenth of an inch to a third of an inch – I am favoring the lower end of that prediction. Some areas, particularly south of Los Angeles, may escape with only a few sprinkles. Because this low-pressure system is coming from the mid-latitudes of the Pacific, it is not a cold storm. Snow levels will be very high, running from 7,000 to 8,000 feet. Two inches of snow could fall on the very highest peaks; otherwise, no significant accumulation is forecast.

Wind advisories are possible this evening and Saturday in the high desert and mountains. Gusts in these areas could reach 45 to 50 mph.

The storm system will exit California quickly. After rain showers Saturday morning in much of the area, look for clearing skies and breezy conditions. A few clouds will linger Sunday, which is looking like a good day for outdoor activities.

More details and the seven-day outlook at KTLA's weather blog.

-- Warren Hohmann