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Southern California dries out, warms up after intense winter storm

Southern California was drying out Thursday following a brief-yet-intense storm system that brought more rain to the region, but forecasters said weather conditions should remain calm through the weekend.

Some showers were possible Thursday in select mountain areas, along with lingering snowfall in higher elevations.

But the rest of the area should see warming temperatures, rising as much as 7 to 10 degrees in some coastal and valley areas — but that’ll still leave most of the region 3 to 6 degrees below normal. More warming is anticipated Friday, bringing temperature to near-normal levels, with warm valley locations seeing afternoon highs in the low 70s.



“Gusty north to northwest winds will develop in the mountains later today,” according to the National Weather Service. “The winds will then shift to the northeast Friday. Dry and warmer conditions are expected Friday through at least early next week.”

The latest storm system moved relatively quickly through the area Wednesday, but it packed a punch in some areas, even prompting flash flood warnings in areas of West Los Angeles and the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys.

Malibu and Santa Monica both received about an inch of rain, while about a half-inch fell in areas including Hawthorne and Compton, according to the NWS. Some areas of Orange County saw locally higher amounts, including 1.11 inches in Huntington Beach.

Van Nuys received 1.1 inches of rain, downtown LA 0.72 inches, Burbank 0.84 inches, El Monte 0.36 inches, San Gabriel 0.43 inches, LAX 0.67 inches, John Wayne Airport 0.72 inches, Seal Beach 0.47 inches, Corona Del Mar 0.59 inches, and Dana Point 0.47 inches.

Source: Orange County Register

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