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Southern California braces for extended rain

December 17, 2010 |  8:02 am

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather warning Friday morning for Southern California, as the region braces for an extended period of wet weather.

"Rain will produce hazardous driving conditions ... a series of storms will likely bring significant and hazardous rainfall to the area Saturday through Wednesday," the warning stated.

Rain, wind and cloudy skies are expected for much of the area, with a 70% chance of drizzle Friday night and temperatures in the low 50s.

"We have strong Pacific storm systems, which will bring winds and locally heavy rains to much of California Friday through the middle of next week," said Bill Hoffer, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

Showers are expected to continue until Wednesday night, when chances of precipitation drop to 20%, officials said.

-- Shan Li