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Rain expected to continue through Saturday

February 5, 2010 |  8:26 am

Me_kxdv80nc A new rainstorm that started to move into Los Angeles County Friday morning is expected to last through Saturday and could cause some problems for areas burned in last year’s wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

“We are expecting periods of heavy rainfall, with rainfall rates which could pose a threat to the recently burned areas,” said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The storm is expected to bring up to 1½ inches across the coastal and valley areas with as much as 3½ inches in the foothills and mountains, Meier said.

“We’re expecting rainfall today and a second wave to come in tomorrow, through the day Saturday,” Meier said. “The main cold front is expected to move through this morning.”

A flash flood watch is in effect for portions of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and will remain in place through Saturday, Meier said.

Mountain resort areas can expect between a foot and 20 inches of snow at levels of 6,000 feet to 7,000 feet, dropping on Saturday to about 4,500 feet to 5,000 feet, just below the Grapevine on Interstate 5, Meier said.

It should also be quite windy, with mountain regions experiencing 20- to 30-mph winds and gusts up to 55 mph, Meier said.

Temperatures were not expected to rise above the low 60s, with overnight lows in the lower 50s through the weekend, she said.

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: A man walks past a mural on the side of the Employment Development Department in Torrance during a rainstorm Friday morning. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times 

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