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Spring storm brings rain to Southern California

April 21, 2010 |  2:01 pm

Scattered showers, chilly temperatures and high winds are expected across Los Angeles County Wednesday afternoon and evening as the tail end of a spring storm moves across the region.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service said scattered storms began moving in from the west in the early afternoon, dumping rain on Santa Clarita.

Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the agency, said there is potential for thunderstorms with high winds and small hail. Any rainstorms will be short-lived, Seto said, and less than a quarter of an inch of rain is expected to fall.

A wind advisory will be in affect until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Seto said, and gusts of up to 40 mph are expected along the coast and in parts of Antelope Valley. Temperatures in downtown Los Angeles are not expected to climb above 62 degrees Wednesday.

Seto said the cold temperatures and gloomy weather will give way to slightly warmer conditions Friday. Clear skies and temperatures of around 70 degrees are forecast for the weekend.

But, Seto said, another low-pressure system may move in next Wednesday.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: A person walks under cloudy skies at the Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale on Wednesday. Credit: Irfan  Khan  / Los Angeles Times