Environment & Science

Rain predicted to hit Southern California on Sunday

Women use umbrellas under a steady Los Angeles rainfall in September 2015.
Women use umbrellas under a steady Los Angeles rainfall in September 2015.
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It may be warm and dry now, but weather forecasters are predicting the weekend is going to be cooler with a chance of rain.

Temperatures in Southern California on Thursday and Friday will hover around the mid-70s. That’s about 10 degrees above normal, according to meteorologist Scott Sukup at the National Weather Service.

A high-surf advisory is in effect through 3 a.m. on Saturday, with surf peaking on Friday at about 6 to 10 feet. 

Temperatures will drop into the normal range, in the 60s, on Saturday with clouds moving in ahead of an expected storm on Sunday.

“There's still some uncertainty with that and how much we're going to get, but it looks like the entire area should get a decent amount of rain,” Sukup said. 

The weather service says there is a 70 percent chance of showers for most of the Los Angeles area Sunday morning and afternoon. Rainfall totals could be between a half-inch and 1.5 inches along the coast and in the valleys, with the foothills and mountains getting between three-quarters of an inch 
and 3 inches of rain. Snowfall amounts are expect to reach 1 to 2 feet above elevations of 6,000 feet, with lesser amounts down to 3,500 feet. 

Sunday night is also expected to be windy.

Sunday's storm will be fast-moving and is expect to move out of the area by Monday.

In terms of El Niño, it has so far brought “a little bit less” precipitation than what the weather service has been expecting.

“It’s normal during El Niño years to get the heaviest rains in February, and possibly into March,” Sukup said. “We're a little bit behind where we should be, but it's still a possibility that we'll get some big rain events.”