Cold North storm to bring rains, wind, snow

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Jennifer Bowerman and her 7-year-old son Sabastian Bowerman are led across flood waters on a raft after being stranded in a hotel after a powerful rainstorm Dec. 22, 2010 in San Diego. Forty-seven guests were stranded at the Premiere Hotel after floodwaters rose and blocked them from getting to dry land.

A cold storm is expected to blow into Los Angeles County with rain starting Tuesday night and continuing through Wednesday morning. It won’t, however, drop nearly as much rain as last week’s storm.

“This evening and tonight we'll start getting the first rains, a couple hours before midnight,” Andrew Rorke of the National Weather Service said early Tuesday. “The heavy rains should extend into the rush hour Wednesday morning.”

Residents of many areas are expected to see most of their rain in a four- to six-hour period starting before sunrise Wednesday, according to the Weather Service.

Rainfall amounts from .5 to 1 inch are expected in Los Angeles County.

On north-facing slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains and foothills in the Antelope Valley, showers will likely linger Wednesday into Thursday, according to the Weather Service.

Gusting winds up to 70 miles per hour are possible overnight Wednesday into Thursday in the mountains of Los Angeles County, Rorke said.

North winds and snow could make for an unpleasant couple of days in the mountains, especially for motorists on the “High 5” sections of the Golden State Freeway in northwest LA County, Rorke said.

Visitors to ski resorts can expect below-freezing temperatures, with or without wind-chill factored in, Rorke said.

Snow levels in the north-facing mountains could come down as low as 2,500 feet, according to the Weather Service.

Extra rain and snow this week could be a boon to local water companies and ski resorts.

But heavy rains, erosion and flooding last week in some Orange, Riverside and San Diego county communities caused millions of dollars in private and public property damage, leaving some Southland residents homeless and putting a damper on many others’ holiday season.

Severe weather last week also contributed to dangerous driving conditions and prompted closures on some roads that remain in effect this week.

A 39-year-old Menifee woman died last Wednesday when she drove on a flooded section of road and her vehicle got swept into a wash near Canyon Lake in Riverside County.

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