Chance for rain this week

first_img• LOOK UP: Check the weather foreccast in your area The San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas could be in for a wet week – relatively speaking, of course. While the Southland has received less rain than normal for this time of year, a large storm system centered well to the north should start spinning off some of its moisture, sending bands of clouds our way along with a chance for rain, the National Weather Services said. In fact, the system could give the area at least two chances for rain this week, the NWS said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe first comes later today as part of the system breaks off and slides south into the Los Angeles area. In the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas, the first signs of moisture probably will begin sometime after 11 a.m. today in the form of sprinkles. The bulk of the rain will likely begin after 2 p.m. and should last into the evening. Anywhere from one- to three-quarters of an inch was expected in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas, said NWS forecaster Stuart Seto. If that happens, it could put the area over the amount of rainfall considered normal for this time of year, Seto said. So far this season, 2.44 inches of rain have fallen at the Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles as of Monday. That’s below the normal 2.73 inches, Seto said. But at this same time in 2006, just 1.08 inches of rain had fallen at the Civic Center, he said. “Any rain we get is welcome,” he said. Snow could get heavy in the local mountains, officials said. Valleys should see highs in the lower 70s today, dropping into the 50s tonight. Similar temperatures are expected through Friday. On Thursday, another weaker disturbance from the same northern system will probably move into the area, but it is expected to bring only a 20 percent chance of rain, Seto said. Looking into the future, the NWS’ climate prediction center’s long-range forecast predicts the region will get below-normal rainfall amounts in January and February. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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