Rain, rain, don't go away

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Rain is making a rare visit to Southern California on Sunday as parts of our drought-stricken region saw morning showers. The storm, the largest so far this season, is also expected to bring high surf and maybe snow at higher elevations in the Sierra.

The drizzle began Sunday morning but the bulk of the rain  is expected around sundown.

Andrew Rorke with the National Weather Service, tells KPCC, "The L.A. area is going to get hit pretty hard as a cold front sweeps through with a slight chance of thunderstorms, gusty winds and probably about three-quarters of an inch of rain for most areas, maybe a little more for the foothills."

The storm is expected to clear out by Monday afternoon.

A surf advisory is in place for Santa Monica and Venice Beach. The National Weather Service says the storm could bring an inch of rain to Southern California — enough for flash flood watches, especially in wildfire burn areas.

Although the storm isn't expected to be a blockbuster, it continues a relatively wet rainy season in Northern California.

Meanwhile, rain has not visited Los Angeles since mid-October. The 6.37 inches that have fallen downtown in 2016 are about half the historical average, as the region remains locked in drought.