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Dramatic satellite image shows huge storms heading toward L.A.

December 20, 2010 | 11:02 am

Current Goes west western us water vapor image

A satellite image of the Pacific Ocean offers a dramatic preview of the storms that are expected to batter Southern California on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The satellite shot (above) shows a band of storm lining up in the Pacific and moving into California.

The image below shows rains in California as of about 10:30 a.m.

A northern cold front is expected to move into the Los Angeles basin Monday afternoon, mashing up with subtropical moisture that has been sitting off the Pacific coast for several days. Periods of intense rainfall through Wednesday will bring another 5 inches to coastal plains and valleys and up to 10 inches in the mountains.

-- Shelby Grad


Photo credit: National Weather Service