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From spritz to storm: April flushes out with heavy rain midweek

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A good week to collect pennies from heaven, Monday's misty drizzle will be paying out riches as a late season Pacific storm enters the area on Wednesday, notes the National Weather Service. Coin machines across the region jangle with anticipation.

The storm is expected to speckle the Southland beginning Wednesday morning, with the strongest downpours forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Snow levels will drop to between 6,000-7,000 feet and NWS predicts a slight chance of thunderstorms.

Until the storm passes on Thursday, temperature highs are expected to hover in the 60s and 70s.


 

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Storm troopers: LA and OC slosh through a wet and wild Friday

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Northern Orange County was on alert Friday when the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning that included the possibility of a small tornado. According to the OC Register, a waterspout was sighted off the coast.

A flood advisory and hazardous weather statement were issued for areas in and around Los Angeles, and forecasters were also warning of gusts up to 60 mph in sections of the Southland.

Earlier Friday, Southern California Edison reported power outages in Palos Verdes, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Santa Clarita, and the LADWP said Friday afternoon via Twitter that about 5,000 of its 1.4 million customers were without electricity. Those outages were affecting Exposition Park, Gramercy Park, Westlake and Del Rey ,NBC LA reports.

So what does this mean for the "Play Me, I'm Yours" outdoor piano installation? Artists reportedly prepared for precipitation, and coated accordingly with a water sealant. Public art stops for no storm. 

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California storm to make guest appearance at Coachella

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An electrifying weather event (that struck a jet with lightning as it was leaving San Francisco Thursday night) is making a stopover in Southern California.

Some parts of the state will get the full wrath experience with lightning, hail, and gale-force winds on Friday, while others will see scattered showers and snow, according to the National Weather Service.

In Indio, where tens of thousands are gathering for the first of two weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the temperature is expected to get low, and blow, thanks to some wind accompaniment.

Happy Friday the 13th, rockers.

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Pacific storms pace toward Los Angeles, packing precipitation

Severe Rain Storms Continue To Threaten The Los Angeles Area

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A pair of Pacific storms are pacing toward the Southland this week with the possibility of snow, gusty winds, and raindrops in the region.

According to the National Weather Service, sections of L.A. could see rain after midnight tonight, with scattered showers into Wednesday. The snow level is expected around 4,500 ft., with four to eight inches of accumulation possible above 6,000 ft.

Blowing snow and zero visibility warnings prompted a winter weather travel advisory, and NWS forecasters say local mountain areas should be on alert from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Depending on the system's trajectory, a followup event is possible later in the week when the sky stands to pour precipitation Thursday night into Friday, with more wind and snow possible.

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Early spring storm brings floods, snow to SoCal

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The weather service issued flood warnings as the storm headed west through Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.

An early spring storm pounded Southern California Sunday, flooding roadways and dumping snow on mountain areas as low as 4,500 feet.

The brunt of the slow-moving system was felt in coastal areas like Malibu, where nearly two inches of rain has fallen since mid-morning, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan. More than an inch was reported in Oxnard and Ventura.

The weather service issued flood warnings as the storm headed west through Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Traffic was snarled on the 110 and 10 freeways in LA because of standing water and mud in lanes.

Snow and strong winds were reported along Interstate 5 at the Grapevine but the CHP said all lanes were open.

The Auto Club 400 NASCAR race at Fontana was terminated after 258 miles because of the wet track.

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