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Tardy rainstorm could slide ashore by afternoon

February 7, 2012 |  8:35 am

2012-02-07 weather luis sinco

A slow-moving rainstorm parked off the Southern California coast is not expected to reach land until Tuesday afternoon and may be weaker than expected, forecasters said.

“This system is, unfortunately, not a classic storm, and it will not track over the area. Rather, it will just graze the area as it slides down the coast,” the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning.

Forecasters lowered their predictions of rainfall amounts, but precipitation could be lighter or heavier, depending on whether the storm remains in the Pacific Ocean or moves inland.

If it moves inland, "there could be several areas of really good rainfall as the slow-moving system allows for a long-duration soaking in a few areas," the weather service said.

The weather system was forecast to bring 20 to 30 mph winds to Los Angeles County mountains, with some gusts of up to 60 mph along the Interstate 5 Grapevine corridor.

The rainstorm is expected to leave the area around dawn Wednesday, and the arrival of Santa Ana winds on Thursday could produce highs in the upper 70s.


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Photo: A plane takes off from LAX under cloudy skies Monday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times