Environment & Science

Spring gloom sprinkles Southern California

File: Gloomy cloud blankets the Los Angeles skyline on Dec. 22, 2008.
File: Gloomy cloud blankets the Los Angeles skyline on Dec. 22, 2008.
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Spring gloom has hit the Southland with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.

Robbie Munroe, National Weather Service meteorologist, said that only about 1/10 inch of rain is expected to sprinkle the region, with an estimated quarter inch hitting the mountains. 

"We’ll be under the impact from the storm through Sunday, however the best chances for rain across the coast and valleys will be today and Friday, with some chances as well for Saturday,” Munroe said. 

Angelenos can expect to see patchy morning fog and clouds into early next week before temperatures rise back into the upper 70s and into the 80s after Tuesday, Munroe said.

The cutoff low pressure system causing the thunderstorms is a bit unusual for this time of year, Munroe said. Also unusual: the expectation for snow to fall below 6,000 feet. 

"Snow levels will actually be quite a bit lower than normal," Munroe said. "Generally it would be somewhere between 6- or 7,000 feet." 

Currently there are no wind or high-surf advisories, but strong winds in the mountains and Antelope Valley could reach a cautionary level.