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Rain will finally return to Southern California

Rain clouds move over downtown Los Angeles in this January 12, 2017 file photo. After a long dry spell, the rain is finally expected to return Monday and Tuesday.
Rain clouds move over downtown Los Angeles in this January 12, 2017 file photo. After a long dry spell, the rain is finally expected to return Monday and Tuesday.
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The first significant rainstorm of the season is coming, and it's expected to hit almost all of California early next week.

"The high pressure system that's keeping us dry now is going to shift to the east as a rather strong and cold low pressure system moves out of the gulf of Alaska and comes down toward us," said Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Here in Southern California, the storm should roll in Monday evening and could bring an inch of rain or more to the Los Angeles area through Tuesday.

That might be a relief for many in sun-parched SoCal — recent rain so far has generally come no farther south than Point Conception on the Santa Barbara County coast, according to the Associated Press.

But it could also spell trouble for those living near the burn areas of recent wildfires, including the Thomas Fire, which spread across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to become the largest ever recorded in California.  

These residents are advised to take precautions, as downpours could cause mudslides and debris flows.