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Rain, snow and gusty winds expected across Southern California

February 6, 2012 |  7:44 pm

A Pacific storm is expected to dump rain and snow in Southern California.
A Pacific storm was approaching Southern California and expected to bring rain, snow and gusty winds through early Wednesday, forecasters said.

The storm was expected to hit south-facing mountain slopes with up 2 inches of rain in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the National Weather Service said.

Other areas in Southern California were expected to receive from 0.25 of an inch to 1 inch of rain, according to the weather service.

Snow levels were expected to drop to about 8,000 feet and gradually lower to 5,000 feet. Above 6,000 feet, 3 to 7 inches of fresh snow was possible, the weather service said.

The wet weather will be preceded by gusty southerly winds and cooler temperatures.


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Graphic: Overview of the storm expected to hit Southern California. Credit: National Weather Service