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Rain headed to Southern California

April 20, 2010 | 10:17 am

Rain should roll over downtown Los Angeles by Tuesday afternoon and linger in the region until Thursday evening.

“It looks like this year wants to stay wet,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “This is a pretty significant storm for this late in the year.”

Something more like a late-winter pattern has descended on Southern California. The first band of steady rain made it to Lake Cachuma, 25 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, by 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The storm coming from the northwest is expected to bring warm air and steady afternoon rain to Los Angeles County, and it may also take the snow level down to 3,500 feet -- unusually low for April.

“We’ll probably see some effects on the Grapevine,” Seto said.

The air behind the storm is colder. From Tuesday to Wednesday, the predicted high temperature should drop from 67 to 62. Seto said the weather service expects Wednesday and Thursday to be breezy and chilly with showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.

By Thursday evening, rain chances drop to 30%. Seto estimated that 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch of rain may fall in the city, with up to an inch in the mountain areas.

Friday should be fair with a high of 70, and the temperature will creep up a degree or so each day of the weekend after that. But we’re not completely done with the rain, Seto said.

“Looks like we may have another chance around the 27th,” he said.

-- Carla Hall