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Rain expected through Sunday morning

December 12, 2009 |  9:16 pm

Forecasters say moderate to heavy rain will continue to fall tonight through Sunday morning in a storm that has dumped up to three inches of rain on the mudslide-prone areas of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Overnight rainfall is expected to reach rates of one-third to half an inch per hour in the Los Angeles Basin with the heaviest rainfall in the San Gabriel Mountains, where a flash-flood warning remained in effect tonight.

“The rain will cause widespread ponding of water on area roadways and local flooding of low-lying areas at intersections,” the National Weather Service said in an advisory.

By 4 p.m., the storm had poured about 1 1/4 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles and nearly three inches in many parts of the San Gabriel Mountains.

"Now that's really dumping,” said Bill Hoffer, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

Scattered showers are expected to linger until Sunday evening, when the storm is to taper off.

-- Tony Barboza

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