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Cold system brings rain, snow to Southern California

December 12, 2011 | 10:38 am


A cold-weather system will continue to bring heavy rain and snow to some parts of Southern California through Tuesday morning, officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather warning for Los Angeles and Ventura counties for Monday and Tuesday.

The precipation is expected to turn into snow in areas above 3,500 feet, with as much as 14 inches expected to blanket the mountains.

The weather system has bought much needed rainfall to Los Angeles County, where the last recorded rain was 21 days ago.

Steady showers gave way to periods of intense downpours as commuters drove to work Monday morning. Officials warned residents of possible flooding caused by debris left from a fierce windstorm earlier this month.

The rain is expected to continue into the evening and eventually taper off Tuesday morning.  There's a slight chance of thunderstorm and hail.

Snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches are forecast above 5,000 feet with 4 to 8 inches of new snow expected between 3,500 and 5,000 feet.  

The winter weather warning is in effect until noon Tuesday. 


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