Light rain coming to Southern California, with much colder temps and mountain snow later this week
This story has been corrected. It originally identified the state as California, in error for the U.S.A.
The rain that’s been falling in Southern California for the last several days has been very wet and has produced record-setting rainfalls. The largest storms have been around the area that surrounds Los Angeles County and Orange County, with rainfall up to eight inches (203 centimeters) on the first day. Two of the rainstorms had as much as 10 inches (250 centimeters). The previous record was 12 inches (305 centimeters) set on October 6, 1954. Two other major storms have produced much cooler temperatures than normal; though they’ve been much drier than in past episodes. The first one started Monday afternoon and has persisted until the early hours of Tuesday morning. The second storm will continue throughout Tuesday. Though the storms have delivered record rains and cooler weather to the region, much of Southern California is still dealing with the threat of mountain snow later this week.
A little more than one week after the latest round of storms and severe weather in the West began, most of Southern California is under a weather advisory warning for rain and a heat advisory warning for an excessive heat alert on Monday. A few storms that began last week still have a chance of breaking their rainfall totals for the week. The heavy rains have triggered flash flooding and mudslides in the area; which has left at least two people dead and dozens of people more critically injured. The latest round of storms began before sunrise on Sunday and continued into the morning of Monday, but the rain didn’t begin until about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. The first major storm of the week, as was forecast, moved into the city and produced up to eight inches (203 centimeters) of rain, with the first heavy rain falling at 6:35 a.m. local time. But the rain didn’t end until 9:45 a.m. local time — at least eight and a half hours later than the 7 a.m