Environment & Science

Rain hits LA, with 2 more storms on the way

File: Rain falls over Pasadena on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015.
File: Rain falls over Pasadena on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015.
File photo by Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Rain hit the Southland on Tuesday, and two more rainstorms will bring up to two and a half inches of rain to parts of Southern California this week. The first storm is expected to hit Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. 

Expect a half to a full inch of rain during the first storm, NWS meteorologist Joe Sirard told KPCC. A second, likely heavier rainfall will hit Wednesday night, bringing up to one and a half inches of rain to the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. 

The rainfall in SoCal has been above average for some regions in the Greater Los Angeles area, according to Sirard. The rainy season, which begins in October, has brought more than two inches above normal rainfall to downtown L.A., he said.

As the rain continues, business owners across town are adjusting to the unusual precipitation streak.

Ami Blachowiak, owner of It's The Leash I Can Do — a pet care company based in Highland Park — told KPCC that her scheduled dog walks would continue as normal, despite the rain. But when dogs are doing their business, she has to hold her umbrella over them, she said.

"It's weeks like this week where I'm so glad I bought that raincoat, you know?" Blachowiak said.

Cities near the coast should expect the most rain. In the past 24 hours, a quarter inch has fallen near the coast, Sirard said. In the Valley, he added, residents saw less than a tenth of an inch.

Here is what other residents have been seeing: