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Light rain to fall by Wednesday afternoon

April 25, 2012 |  7:51 am

A late-season storm promises to disrupt the Wednesday afternoon commute as it swings through Southern California, bringing scattered showers and the chance of thunderstorms.

Blame a low-pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska sitting about 300 miles southwest of Point Conception, says Carol Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“We’re expecting that it will slowly move to us from the west,” says Smith, “and as it gets closer, it will bring thunderstorms with low and moderate rain this evening.”

The pressure system has been stationary for the last 48 hours, accounting for the recent cloudy skies. Smith expects it to bring about one-third of an inch of rain by the time it passes through the region. Not much, but enough to slow traffic on the freeways and side streets.

Expect scattered clouds Thursday morning with the marine layer moving in Friday.

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