A strong Pacific storm is barreling down the coast toward Orange County, and is expected to bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds and cold temperatures for the weekend, the National Weather Service says.Sunday is the Los Angeles Marathon, and rain will mean higher TV ratings as viewers tune in to watch silly people running in the rain and wind.
The cold front should arrive during the day Friday, and the first, light rain could begin Friday night, with heavier rain expected on Saturday.
Friday starts off cloudy and stays that way, with highs of 64 to 69 inland, 59 to 64 on the coast.
Some chance of rain Friday evening turns to likely rain overnight.
Saturday’s highs should be 55 to 60 as the bulk of the storm moves through. Rain totals could reach an inch to an inch and a half on the coast, two inches near coastal foothills, and two to four inches in the mountains.
Winds also are expected to kick up from the south into the 15 to 25 mph range, with gusts up to 50 mph high in the Santa Ana Mountains.
That has prompted a wind advisory from the Weather Service from 11 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Snow levels could drop into the 3,500 to 4,500-foot range in the mountains Saturday, and as low as 2,500 feet on Sunday.
Thunderstorms with small hail are possible late Saturday afternoon, along with waterspouts along the coast and possible high surf.
More rain is likely Sunday, with gusty winds continuing and highs of 52 to 57.
Friday, March 16, 2012
It's been a pretty dry year in So Cal, but that will change this weekend:
Posted by Rick Moore on 3/16/2012