Wet weather on its way to SoCal

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Some much-needed precipitation may trickle into drought-stricken California on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. 

A cold low pressure system from Alaska will likely bring an estimated three to six hours of rain to the state’s southwest region.

NWS Los Angeles tweeted:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Latest Rainfall Totals Expected. Highest for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SLO?src=hash">#SLO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SBA?src=hash">#SBA</a> counties. Generally ranging from .15&quot; to an inch. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cawx?src=hash">#cawx</a> <a href="http://t.co/d8qrq1nV3x">pic.twitter.com/d8qrq1nV3x</a></p>&mdash; NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWSLosAngeles/status/585001733203431424">April 6, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The agency said that San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties can expect 0.5 to 1 inch of rainfall in the morning. Los Angeles and Ventura counties can expect 0.25 to 0.50 inches of rainfall in the afternoon. 

That could slow down the afternoon rush hour commute. "We're expecting moderate rainfall intensities and that could cause some problems on the roadways," said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist at NWS. "It hasn't rained in quite a while so I'm sure there's a lot of oil built up on the roads."

As for the drought? Scott said, "[The rain] will help a little bit but it's really not going to have much of an impact overall."

Significant chances of rain should end by late Tuesday, NWS reports. According to the AP, heavy rain is expected to hit the San Francisco Bay Area today and early tomorrow as well.

This post has been updated.