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New rainstorm expected to arrive this morning

February 5, 2010 |  6:44 am


A new rainstorm should begin dumping rain on Southern California later this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The morning commute should be dry for motorists, “but by the time they go home, driving will be a mess,” the service's Jamie Meier said. “Mountain driving is not going to be fun."

Officials issued a winter storm warning for the region from noon Friday through Saturday at 9 p.m. A flash flood warning was issued for area hit by recent wildfires. "Residents in or below the recent burn areas are urged to take the steps necessary to protect their property,'' according to the weather service advisory.

The storm is expected to bring 2 inches in coastal and valley areas and as much as 4 inches in the foothills and mountains, according to the weather service.

Mountain resort areas can expect up to a foot of snow at levels at about 7,000 feet Friday, dropping to 4,500 feet Saturday. Snow is not expected to have a significant effect on the Grapevine on Interstate 5, Meier said.

“It’s very well-timed for the weekend,” she said of the snow. “Sunday should be beautiful.”

-- Raja Abdulrahim