Environment & Science

Weekend to feature heavy rain and winds across California

Rain falls over Pasadena on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015. A series of storms is expected to dump up to six inches of rain on the Southland this week.
Rain falls over Pasadena on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015. A series of storms is expected to dump up to six inches of rain on the Southland this week.
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The National Weather Service says California's withering winter dry spell will end this weekend as a series of storms move through the state.

According to the Associated Press scattered light showers fell around Northern California early Friday and were expected to continue on and off overnight before becoming steady and heavy through Saturday evening as a strong cold front crosses the region, the NWS San Francisco office said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sukup told KPCC the Southland can expect between one and two inches of rain as a two different storm systems move into the L.A. area starting Saturday night.

Sukup said the first storm system will move into L.A. late Saturday night and continue through Sunday morning. He said the following, and predicted to be stronger storm will arrive on Sunday night and continue through Monday morning. There is a possibility of thunderstorms and flooding to accompany the second storm, Sukup said.

After Monday, Sukup said Tuesday through Thursday is forecasted to be dry, but there may be more rain to follow in the month of March.

In the northern part of the state, forecasters say that with the rain will be blustery winds, possibly up to 50 mph, according to AP. 

Bob Benjamin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service says the agency has issued a wind advisory beginning at noon on Saturday with winds expected to be around 15 to 20 mph and gusts up to 50 mph, according to AP.

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