Season’s first storm expected to bring rain to Southern California from Sunday evening

The first storm of the season is on the horizon for Southern California, bringing cool temperatures and several days of downpours with possible up to 12 inches of snow on higher mountain slopes.

The storm system is expected to make its way down from Northern California and reach the Los Angeles County area as early as Sunday evening, with showers spreading across the region Monday, forecasters said. Temperatures will range in most areas between the mid 50s and 60s.

“It looks like the threat of rain will basically continue through Tuesday through Wednesday,” said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Coastal areas and the valley floor should receive at least an inch of rain, while areas in the San Gabriel Mountains are expected to receive up to 4 inches, Thompson said.

Colder temperatures and snow are expected at higher elevations — about 7,000 feet and above — through Monday, possibly up to a foot of snow in resort areas during the weather. Snow depths should begin to drop Tuesday, increasing the likelihood of traffic disruptions on the Interstate 5 corridor through the Grapevine in the evening and Wednesday morning.

“It’s the first proper rain event of the season, so be prepared for that and if you’re traveling in the mountains, be careful and be prepared for winter weather conditions,” Thompson said.

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