Rain arrives soon in Southern California, possibly bringing trace radiation from Japan

Winter in Southern California will end this weekend with one last rainstorm. The weather that’s swirling our way could be speckled with traces of radiation from Japan.

That’s no reason for panic. Scientists and public health experts say the radiation will be barely detectable – and certainly won’t pose a health risk.

The biggest risk will come if you drive too fast in the rain that’ll fall here and there in L.A. County late Friday night, and just about everywhere on Saturday. The National Weather Service puts the chance of Saturday rain at 80 percent.

It eases up Saturday night, then rain returns Sunday – a 70 percent chance or so. The chance of rain is lower in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

The local mountains could get some snow, and there’s a chance snow could snarl the Grapevine Sunday into Monday. But down in the coastal plain, temperatures will stay in the 60s.

That should be just fine with the thousands of runners in Sunday’s L.A. Marathon. They’ll start at Dodger Stadium and head west to the beach in Santa Monica. The best runners will arrive before the rain resumes just before noon.

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