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Rain, thunder, lightning, hail forecast for L.A.

October 11, 2012 |  6:39 am

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Rain with a chance of thunderstorms and lightning are in today's forecast for parts of Southern California.

Thunder and lightning were already reported in some parts of the region early in the day, though the National Weather Service said the brunt of the storm is not expected until tonight.

"A cold upper-level low-pressure system centered off the central coast of California will continue to track southeastward and move over Southern California through Thursday night. The system will produce scattered showers and thunderstorms through Thursday night, as well as snow above 7,000 feet," the weather service said in a statement.

"Storms will be capable of producing brief heavy downpours, small hail, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, and isolated waterspouts. Snow will accumulate tonight through Thursday evening and up to 3 inches are possible over the highest peak," the statement added.

Parts of Southern California could see up to a half-inch of rain, forecasters said, but things should dry up by Friday.


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