Environment & Science

Overnight storm predicted to bring half inch of rain to Los Angeles

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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After a week of what feels like summer in February, the Southland is getting a drizzle of rain to wet its drought-stricken whistle.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 90 percent chance of rain between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday, and a 60 percent chance of rain between 6 a.m. and noon. 

Kathy Hoxsie, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said that in total the Los Angeles area should expect no more than a half inch of rain. 

“This is not going to be a heavy rain event," Hoxsie said. "In some areas if you have drains that tend to get clogged, now would be the time to clear those out."

Other than clogged drains, Hoxsie said there is little danger of flooding during the overnight storm.

During the brief storm, winds are expected to pick up to speeds from 15 to 25 mph in the L.A. basin, Hoxsie said. She said in the valleys wind speeds could pick up to 35 mph, and in the mountains gusts could reach between 50 and 60 mph.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory starting Wednesday. 

Thursday's rain arrives in the midst of what has so far been a seemingly uneventful El Niño season. As of Wednesday, the 2016 rainfall is 43.11 percent of normal compared to a strong El Niño season's rainfall being 119.48 percent of normal on the same date

The expected conditions after our small downpour Thursday? Hoxsie says temperatures will warm again by Sunday — not as warm as this past week, but still warmer than usual for February. 

Seems like it's time to either do a rain dance, or embrace the heat by heading to the beach.