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Rain to revisit SoCal for end-of-week drenching

File: Women use umbrellas under a steady Los Angeles rainfall in September 2015.
File: Women use umbrellas under a steady Los Angeles rainfall in September 2015.
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Rain is expected to return to Southern California on Thursday and Friday, just in time to add the elements to drivers' commutes.

Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told KPCC the rain should start to fall Thursday afternoon and into the evening, though it will be spotty. Friday morning is when travelers heading to work should see steadier rainfall, she said.

For those still reeling from the effects of the recent triple-storm series, "Overall, we're not expecting anything close to what we had previously," Hoxie said. Only about a quarter- to half-inch of rain is expected to fall in most places, although amounts could be heavier in foothill areas. 

The weather service has issued a high-surf advisory, with waves ranging from 5 to 8 feet arriving at west-facing beaches, Hoxsie said, adding a warning to beachgoers to be "aware of what's going on with the ocean" while the storm is present.

The rain is expected to taper off Friday afternoon, giving way to a clear weekend, with temperatures in the 60s for the valleys and coastal areas, Hoxsie said.

Rain is likely to return Monday and Tuesday, with similar amounts of precipitation as this end-of-week storm, Hoxsie said. After that rain passes, partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 70s are expected on Wednesday.