Latest Southern California storm expected to bring heavy rain; evacuations possible

The National Weather Service has announced a winter storm watch is in effect for late Friday night into Saturday for the mountainous areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The potential thunderstorm is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall, with higher elevations receiving up to a foot of snow, the NWS reported.

Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are expected in the higher mountains and canyons of Southern California. The snow level is expected to start at the 7,00 foot level and drop down to 5,000 feet by Saturday afternoon, forecasters said. Six to 12 inches of snow can be expected to fall at elevations above 6,000 feet.

The heaviest rainfall and snowfall is expected to begin late Friday night as the storm front moves in. Wind gusts between 35 mph to 50 mph may begin late Friday night in advance of the cold front, the NWS reported.

Due to the forecasted storms, L.A. city officials are advising residents near burn areas that evacuations may also be ordered.

Parking restrictions will also be enforced on posted streets in La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta during the storm.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has announced road closures are to take effect Friday after the latest forecasts have been analyzed.

Angeles Forest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles. Residents living near the burn areas will not be allowed access to the roads until the closures are lifted, county officials reported.