Last of Pacific storm subsides in Southern California
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Pacific storm that brought needed rain to drought-plagued California is winding down and making its way out of the region Sunday.
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Meteorologist Bri Winkler says light showers and cloudy skies are expected Sunday morning for most of the region. The mountains will continue to see snowfall. Highs will be in the upper 50s to mid 60s across SoCal. The mountains will be at 40.
Following a mild storm system that moved through the area Wednesday night to Thursday morning, a more powerful storm moved in, bringing heavy downpours throughout the day Friday and into Saturday morning. The heavy band of rain drenched parts of the state Saturday before tapering off by nighttime.
Downtown Los Angeles received more than two inches, which is double its total for the rainy season from last July. However the city is still well below its average rainfall of 11 inches. About seven more inches of rain would be needed to make up the difference.
The storm dumped between 2 and 4 inches of rain in the Los Angeles Metro area and Orange County and between 3 and 6 inches in the valleys and Inland Empire.
In the local mountains, the storm brought between 1 and 2 feet of snow at 5,500 feet, and potentially as much as 3 feet in the highest elevations above 8,000 feet.
Overnight, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit both got 8-10 inches of snow, and Mountain High got about 3-4 inches. Bear Mountain, Snow Summit and Mountain High opened Sunday. Mountain High temporarily closed last week in preparation for the storm, but reopened Sunday with 6-8 inches of fresh snow. Temperatures were expected to reach the mid-40s near the local mountains.
In the High Desert, high winds of up to 50 mph and several inches of rain are possible across the area. Highs will taper down to the mid-50s by the end of the week.
The chance of showers remains into Oscar Sunday.
A 20 percent chance of rain is in the forecast early Sunday, and there may be a little sunshine in the afternoon. Expect cloudy skies and a high temperature in the mid-60s.
Driest Year on Record
Word of the storms comes after Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled drought legislation for the state, which is suffering through its driest season on record.
Brown joined the Democratic leadership at the state's Emergency Operations Center on Feb. 19 to announce $687 million in emergency drought relief.
The storm marked a sharp departure from many months of drought that has grown to crisis proportions for the state's vast farming industry. However, such storms would have to be much more frequent to make major headway against the drought, weather forecasters say.
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