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Windy rainstorm forecast for Sunday evening

December 4, 2010 |  4:22 pm

Anticipated rainfall through Monday. Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office-Los Angeles/Oxnard. Click for more details. After a warmer, mostly cloudy Sunday, a windy rainstorm is expected to douse Southern California in the evening, with half an inch of rain falling along the coast and the valleys, forecasters from the National Weather Service said.

The Sunday night storm isn’t expected to be powerful enough to cause significant flooding, although there will be “a heightened risk of minor mud and debris flow in and around recently burned areas,” the weather service said.

Winds of 10 to 20 mph are expected in the Los Angeles Basin on Sunday night. The storm is expected to clear by Monday afternoon.

Snow levels are also expected to drop from an elevation of 7,000 feet to 6,000 feet, the weather service said. Ski resorts might see 5 to 8 inches of fresh snow by Monday morning.

Lows Saturday night will dip into the 40s and 50s in the Los Angeles Basin and valleys, the weather service said. Highs Sunday are expected to be in the mid-60s and lower 70s.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Image: Expected rainfall through Monday in Southern California coastal communities from San Luis Obispo County to Los Angeles County. Source: National Weather Service Office-Los Angeles/Oxnard