The first winter storm of the season took aim at the Southland today, threatening "a significant change in weather" in the form of cooler temperatures and measurable rainfall -- but not much of it -- on Wednesday, National Weather Service forecasters said.
The cold low-pressure system was developing over the Pacific Northwest
today and expected to quickly move southward through Central California
today, then through Southern California late today through early
Thursday, NWS forecasters said.
The storm "will bring much cooler temperatures to the area, with
daytime highs falling into the 70s (today) and into the lower to mid 60s on
Wednesday," NWS said, adding: "This storm also has the potential to bring
measurable rainfall to the area, especially over Los Angeles County and
Most areas will get no more than a tenth of an inch of rain, but more than a quarter of an inch could fall in the San Gabriel Mountains and the foothills, according to the NWS.
The unseasonably cold air accompanying the storm -- temperatures will be 15-25 degrees below normal -- will cause the snow level to drop to between 5,500 and 6,000 feet, and light snow is possible at higher elevations Wednesday night, NWS forecasters said.
High winds are expected in some mountain and desert areas, with sustained winds of between 20 and 30 miles per hour gusting to 50 mph and isolated 65-mph gusts possible, they said.
The forecast for today is for showers across the region and a temperature drop of several degrees.
The NWS forecast a high in the area of 70 degrees today and 68 degrees on Thursday.