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Massive end-of-week storm coming to SoCal

A school crossing guard holds up a sign to stop traffic as students and parents walk in the rain on Dec. 16, 2016 in Monterey Park as the biggest rain storm of the season hits Southern California.
A school crossing guard holds up a sign to stop traffic as students and parents walk in the rain on Dec. 16, 2016 in Monterey Park as the biggest rain storm of the season hits Southern California.
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Southern California needs to brace for yet another big dose of rain at the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday night is when rain will start falling, but Friday is expected to bring the heaviest load, with possibly an inch of rain per hour during the storm's peak, according to NWS. The coasts and valleys will get between 2 to 4 inches of rainfall, while the foothills could get 6 to 8 inches.

Adding to the deluge of elements are high winds, which could bring other problems, according to Curt Kaplan, National Weather Service meteorologist.

"Chances are we will have some high wind warnings in effect, and the fact that we have these pretty wet soils ... I'm sure we'll see plenty of trees go over with this next storm," he told KPCC.
 
Gusts in mountain areas could reach more than 70 miles per hour and stay in the 40 to 50 mile-per-hour range at the coast. Temperatures will be in the mid 50s to low 60s throughout the storm.

The rain is expected to taper off on Saturday and give way to a clear Sunday – just in time for the next rain storm, which may roll in Monday.