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Wet morning commute a forecast for rain slicked weekend in Los Angeles region

Driving in the rain during hail and lightning on the 710 Freeway in Dec. 2011.
Driving in the rain during hail and lightning on the 710 Freeway in Dec. 2011.
Brian Haugen

A series of cold fronts moving through the region will bring showers to Southern California, with the heaviest rain forecast for Saturday.

The first weather system moved in Thursday evening and is still producing some showers Friday morning. It is making for slick roads as people in the Southland drive to work and school. The California Highway Patrol is reporting a spike in traffic accidents, including many drivers losing control of their vehicles on wet roads.

On and off showers are forecast through Sunday. On Saturday, a second, stronger cold front moves in and is expected to bring scattered showers through Saturday night.

The third cold front is expected to arrive Sunday. This one is only expected to produce scattered light showers. The weather systems are expected to produce a total of one tenth to a half-inch of rain.

Meterologist John Dumas said the Los Angeles County will likely see the heaviest rain tomorrow afternoon.

“If you look at how much rain has come down so far this year, we’re only at about five inches and normally we’d be at around 12,” Dumas said. “So the rain is good that it’s starting to come – we need it to start feeling a little more like November.”

High temperatures are expected to be in the 60s this weekend in downtown Los Angeles. A warming trend is forecast to start on Monday.